Meet the BASEC @ Burbank Team
BASEC Founder, Andrew Mountford, has spent his career in out-of-school time education and non-profit leadership. He completed his undergraduate studies in politics, economics and law at Brandeis University and his Masters of Education from Lesley University.
Sarah has been with BASEC since 2010. She has a hand in all of BASEC’s programming and is a go-to for parents, students (and teachers!) for questions and correspondence. She moved from head of Operations to the Burbank Site Director in 2019!
Director of Student Programming
Ellen has been with BASEC and BBASP (its predecessor) since 1999. She is also a classroom aid in 3rd and 4th grade at the Burbank. Ellen is the main point of contact for BASEC @ Burbank Workshops and tutoring and begins her role as Director of Student Programming in 2019!
Amber, a California native, earned her Bachelors Degree from UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!) in 2009. Since moving to New England, she has held various leadership roles in local nonprofits with a focus on youth work and hunger relief. She grew up volunteering with her mother and sisters and attributes her deep passion for community engagement to these formative experiences. She has been with BASEC since 2014 and takes the lead in Operations in 2019!
Director of Community Education and Engagement
Annie G. is in her fifth year at BASEC. Before coming to BASEC, she taught for 5 years in the Cambridge Public Schools and worked in after school programming for over 10 years. Annie G. also has her M.Ed in Out-of-School Time Program Development and Improvement. Her work passions include science with kids and professional development.
Performing Arts Specialist
Elyse is an actor and educator from New Hampshire with a love for travel and dance. An MFA Physical Theatre graduate from Accademia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy), she taught workshops and worked with theatres in Czech Rep., Germany, and Italy. She’s excited for this new chapter and the opportunity to collaborate with BASEC’s inquisitive students and generous teachers!
Danny has been with BASEC since 2015. He has a B.S. in Sports Management from Adelphi University. He has previously worked for the New York Islanders and the PGA Tour, as well as serving as the Assistant Director of a summer camp for 4 years.
Visual Arts Specialist
Felisia has been with BASEC since 2017. She got her BFA in Illustration at Massachusetts College of Arts and Design. Since college she has been working on her own artwork and comics, curating for gallery spaces, and doing freelance illustration.
Ola joined the BASEC team in 2018. She has a B.A. in Biology from Boston College. Since then, she has pursued her dual interests in science communication and instructional design. Her experience includes managing the Life Sciences editorial team at the Journal of Visualized Experiments and developing adult learning workshops for RAIN Group. She leads BASEC students in hands-on, inquiry-based enrichment activities — from making slime to engineering rockets!
Family Engagement Specialist
Viviana joins the BASEC team in 2019 after working 4 years at a Therapeutic Foster Care Agency. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and human development with a focus in psychology. Her passion for nonprofit work began after working for Jumpstart and AmeriCorps where she saw first hand how nonprofit organizations positively impact the lives of children and families involved. Viviana is excited for this new chapter at BASEC!
Jan has been with BASEC and BBASP (its predecessor) since 1988! She also teaches at Belmont Cooperative Nursery School.
Vana, a Belmont native, has been with BASEC since 2018. She holds a bachelors degree in psychology and has over 15 years of experience in childcare. Vana also teaches art workshops.
Since 2015, Sam has played the dual role as piano teacher and kindergarten educator with BASEC. He is proud to be part of the arts team and contribute musically to the program throughout the school year, during vacation camp, and for special productions. Sam is a local freelance musician who plays regularly around New England. He has a B.A. in history from Boston University.
Alex, a Belmont native, has been with BASEC since 2008. She is working on her undergraduate degree at Middlesex Community College.
Noreen has been with BASEC and BBASP (its predecessor) since 1998. She is also the Burbank School’s secretary.
Kathy has been with BASEC and BBASP (its predecessor) since 1999. During the school day, she is a kindergarten classroom aide at the Burbank School. Kathy is also one of our before school teachers.
Karen has been at Burbank School as an aide since 2007. Previously, she was Director of a child care center in Downtown Boston before having her two sons. She spends a lot of her free time at Belmont High football, lacrosse, and rugby games. She has been with BASEC as a before and after school educator since 2011.
Vicky has been with BASEC since 2003. During the school day, she is the Reading Specialist at the Burbank School. Vicky is also one of our before school teachers.
Elaine has been with BASEC since 2014. During the school day, she is a classroom aide at the Winn Brook School. Elaine is also one of our before school teachers.
Derrick is a Philadelphia native and earned his B.A. from Penn State Abington. He is responsible for co-facilitating 4th grade homework, and runs the BASEC Book Club. He is in his second year of graduate studies at Brandeis University, and is applying his studies to his work and research at BASEC.
Kate joins our at BASEC while working on her undergraduate degree. She has worked at BASEC throughout high school at BHS and attended BASEC when she attended the Burbank!
Robyn has been with BASEC since 2015. She is also a classroom aide at the Burbank School.
Stephanie has been with BASEC since 1991. She returns to us in 2019 on Wednesdays after several years of subbing at BASEC and at the Burbank School.
Brianna returns to work at BASEC in 2019! She is also a second grade classroom teacher at the Burbank School. Brianna also attended the Burbank and organizes our staff bowling night!
Jackie has been with BASEC since 2018. She is also a classroom aide at the Burbank School. She is one of our before school teachers and sometimes subs in the afternoons at after school.
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