Head of School
Erin Paradis is the Head of School for BASIS Tucson North. She has nine years of experience working in public schools as a teacher and administrator. She joined the BASIS Oro Valley team in 2010 to teach Theatre Arts, direct the extracurricular theatre programs, and assist with academic support. She served as the Lower School Director in 2011 and the Upper School Director in 2012 at BASIS Oro Valley. For two years, Mrs. Paradis was Head of Operations for BASIS Tucson North, overseeing the financial operations, maintenance of facilities, IT and auxiliary programs. She also served as the Director of Academic Programs at BASIS Oro Valley for grades K-12 in 2014-2015. Mrs. Paradis earned her M.B.A. from Norwich University (Honors), and she holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts Education and Outreach (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Arizona. She is currently working toward her Doctor of Education degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education at Johns Hopkins University. When not working or studying, Mrs. Paradis enjoys reading, traveling, distance running, and raising funds for cancer research programs. She is passionate about education, school culture, community outreach, and is thrilled to support BASIS students in pursuing their academic goals.
Head of Operations
Alex Keicher is the Head of Operations. Before coming to BASIS Tucson North, he was the manager at 'Play it Again Sports' for 6 years. He joined the BASIS Tucson North team in 2012 as the Operations Assistant and is now entering his second year as Head of Operations. He has B.S. Regional Development/Business Degree from the University of Arizona. His hobbies are competitive volleyball and water colors.
Director of Upper School Program
Jennie Uhlmann is the Upper School Director. She joined BASIS in 2012 as a Latin teacher and has experience teaching multiple languages, including French and ESL. Although she became a certified teacher in 1992, she felt strongly that she would be a better teacher if she had experience outside of a classroom. Ms. Uhlmann worked in legal and humanitarian fields in three major U.S. cities, as well as in Europe and the Caribbean, before returning to the classroom in 2006. She is a proud single mom to three daughters, all attending BASIS Tucson North. She loves hiking, camping, playing cards, puzzles, the Legend of Zelda games, and every single minute she gets to spend with her kids.
Director of Academic Programs
Amanda Romero-Thies is the Director of Academic Programs. She joined BASIS Tucson in 2009. She began working in the front office at BASIS Tucson and then moved into a position as Registrar. In 2012 she moved to BASIS Tucson North to be the Registrar and Extracurricular Coordinator. She enjoys working with the students, faculty, and staff to build a strong community. She earned her B.A. in History from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the BASIS family, Amanda was a police officer in the town of Marana. She left the police department to teach at Satori School in 2001 where she was a teaching assistant for K-1st grade and an Art teacher for K-8th grade. She spent a year as the Extended Care Supervisor at Satori before moving to BASIS Tucson in 2009. When she is not working she enjoys painting, reading, and spending time with her family. In addition to being a BASIS administrator, Ms. Romero-Thies is also a mother of two girls: Madelynn, who graduated from BASIS Tucson North in 2014 and Sarah who is in her freshman year at Northern Arizona University.
Director of Middle School Program
Heather Parra is the Lower School Director. She was a Biology teacher as BASIS Tucson from 2010 to 2013, and she previously worked as a Science Assessment & Instructional Content Specialist for Assessment Technology Inc. and Biology teacher at Salpointe Catholic High School. She is from Fosston, MN and earned her B.S. in Zoology and Biological Sciences Education from North Dakota State University. She enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family and pets.