Ms. Masterson earned a Bachelor's degree in American Studies and Journalism from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI. During and immediately following college, she worked for several small newspapers in upstate New York as a reporter and editor, producing copy for news, sports, and features. Monica went back to school and earned a Master's degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, while she simultaneously taught middle school English and Language Arts to predominantly ELL students. Previous to BASIS Independent, she spent four years as a part of the Student Affairs team at Skidmore College, working in both Residential Life and the Office of the Dean.
As the Director of Auxiliary Programs, Ms. Masterson’s goal is to provide opportunity for growth, curiosity, and talent outside the classroom. “When a child gets to choose what they spend their time on, passion ignites in areas that may not flourish inside the classroom,” she says. “The enrichment programs at BASIS Independent are here to support those passions.”
Ms. Masterson is excited to be part of BASIS Independent because “it was the type of school I would have wanted to attend. The teachers are so smart and engaging and the thirst for learning is everywhere!”
When she’s not at BASIS Independent, you can always find her running in Prospect Park, exploring new places in New York, calling my mom, or trying to finish a book I started.