The mission of CICS Basil is to prepare its students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college.


Our Leadership

Principal (K-4): Robbie Curry

Robbie has worked relentlessly to close the achievement gap for children who have traditionally been under-served in high need communities.  Robbie received his undergraduate degree from Pitzer College and his master’s degree in education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York City.  

He was a 2008 Teach For America New York City corps member, where he served as a self-contained, special-education teacher for grades 5 – 8, teaching all contents areas.  Trained in both early and middle childhood education, Robbie has a strong foundation in elementary and middle childhood development and instruction and has worked with educators across the country through professional development designed to improve outcomes for students in under-served communities.  

His work as a school leader has focused on special education, curriculum development, and creating and delivering high-impact professional development that builds teacher capacity.  Robbie is committed to the mission of ensuring that all students have the academic and character skills necessary to graduate from college and becoming active participants in their community.

Principal (5-8): Deborah Persson

Deborah first became interested in education when she joined Peer Health Exchange at DePaul University. She graduated Magna Cum and was accepted to Teach for America. During her time with TFA, her 9th grade students at IDEA-Brownsville achieved the highest ELA scores in the district on the end-of-year-assessment and surpassed their goals on the STAAR with 99% of them passing and 50% commended. From there, she joined the Chicago International Charter School team at the Avalon campus where she led her 5th and 6th grade students to advancing 2+ years in reading on the NWEA. Serving as Lead Teacher her second year, she coached teachers to help Avalon reach the highest growth and attainment scores on the NWEA in the network. In the 2014-2015 school year, she accepted the position of Principal Fellow at Basil where she continues the work, now as Principal, of ensuring that all students receive an excellent education that prepares them for success in high school, college, and beyond.

Director of Operations: Lori Flood

 Ms. Flood has been with the Basil campus since 2005 and has served as the Student Services Team Leader and Case Manager, the Regional Director of Student Services, and the Assistant Principal.  Prior to joining CICS Basil, Lori taught special education and served as the Academic Coordinator at a therapeutic day school.  Born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, Lori earned her B.S. in Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Loyola University Chicago and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.  

Our Deans

  • Gerald Chapman: Elementary Dean of Students
  • Quan Wilson: Middle School Dean of Students
  • Jerwane Ford: Assistant Middle School Dean of Students

Our Teachers

Elementary School

  • Erica Morgan: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Mariah Whitker: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Brenda Reynoso: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Cristina Figueroa: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Barron Lacey: Kindergarten Teacher
  • Frances Becerril: 1st Grade Teacher
  • Tasha Richardson: 1st Grade Teacher
  • Rachel Roberts: 1st Grade Teacher
  • Ashley McNeely: 1st Grade Teacher
  • James Johnstone: 1st Grade Teacher
  • Juno Cho: 1st Grade Teacher
  • Janis Rush: 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Uriah Knudson: 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Zoe McDaniel: 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Emily Hoelting: 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Daniel Guerrero: 3rd Grade Teacher
  • London Johnson: 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Jennifer Simmons-Lowe: 4th Grade Teacher
  • Athena Giddens: 4th Grade Teacher
  • Brian Oala: 4th Grade Teacher
  • Allison Ford: Elementary School Physical Education Teacher
  • Monte Elrod: Elementary School Music Teacher
  • Michelle Barnes: Elementary School Special Education Teacher and Case Manager
  • Emily Schwartz: Elementary School Special Education Teacher

Middle School

  • Dora Bever: 5th Grade Science Teacher
  • Shardonnay Hawthorne:  5th Grade Math Teacher
  • Omari Davis: 5th Grade Literacy Teacher
  • Christopher Richardson: 6th Grade Math Teacher
  • Baptiste Dixon: Special Education Teacher
  • John Fort: Special Education Teacher
  • Rachael Durham: 6th Grade Literacy Teacher
  • Samantha Bennett: 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
  • Elina Eramia: 7th Grade Math Teacher
  • Julia Reed: 7th Grade Literacy Teacher
  • Antoine King: 8th Grade Literacy Teacher
  • Aaditya Tolappa: 8th Grade Science Teacher
  • Krystal Lewis: 8th Grade Math Teacher
  • Pernell Graham: Middle School Physical Education Teacher

Our Support Team

  • Laura Sloman: Elementary School Social Worker
  • Pamela Stewart: Paraprofessional
  • Dalphon Hamilton: Paraprofessional
  • Reginald Harris: Paraprofessional 
  • Johanna Voos: Middle School Social Worker
  • Charlyn Jackson: Paraprofessional
  • Richard Gary: Paraprofessional

Contact Us:

1816 W Garfield Blvd
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 778-9455