Meet the BASEC @ Burbank Team
Since 2004, Andrew has been the director of after school programming at the Burbank School. With Kendra Blitz and volunteer parents from the community, he founded the BASEC organization in 2010. Andrew 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 third 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
Evan has been a specialist at BASEC @ Burbank since 2014. He was trained in theater at the University of New Hampshire and in Improv Boston’s comedy school. Evan has been involved in the grass roots performance art scene in Boston for the past 6 years.
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 joined the BASEC team in 2017! She is also a freelance artist and illustrator!
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
Alex, a Belmont native, has been with BASEC since 2008. She is working on her undergraduate degree at Middlesex Community College.
Jan has been with BASEC and BBASP (its predecessor) since 1988! She also teaches at Belmont Cooperative Nursery School.
This is Vana’s first year at BASEC. We are thrilled to have her joining the BASEC kindergarten team!
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.
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 Burbank School. Elaine is also one of our before school teachers.
Derrick graduated with a B.A in History from Penn State Abington. He has experience as a Behavior Therapist for children with special needs in multiple settings. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at Brandeis University.
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.
This is Grace’s first year as an Educator at BASEC, after starring as an Assistant Educator for almost 3 years.
This is Kelsey’s first year as an Educator at BASEC. She is also a classroom assistant in kindergarten at Burbank.
Julia Cantor, Emmett Dahlberg, Samantha Dignan, Tori Dignan, Anthony Haddad, Soren Hallet, Georgia Kermond, Sam MacFadyen, Carla Maier, Caroline McLaughlin, Chloe Park, Jennifer Yu