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


Our Leadership

Principal (K-4): Lindsey Robinson

Upon graduating high school in 2001, Lindsey’s college experience took her on a remarkable journey that has shaped her life thus far and helped her to become the person that she is today. In 2001, Lindsey spent her first undergraduate summer and freshman year at Northwestern University in Chicago. For the remaining three years, she ventured through classes and life in Champaign-Urbana, IL, where she also became a member of the prestigious organization Teach For America. She graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology and accepted the mission of becoming a 2005 Camden, NJ Corps Member for Teach For America. After completing her corps experience, Lindsey went on to work at Providence Englewood Charter School and was featured in the award winning documentary, “The Providence Effect.” She was the first teacher to score 100% of her demonstrated contribution on our teacher evaluation scale, started the SOAL (Summer Opportunity of a Lifetime) program, and served as department chair for three years. During this time, Lindsey acquired two Masters Degrees in Education, one from the University of Illinois at Springfield and one from DePaul University in Chicago. In wanting to serve scholars in a greater capacity, Lindsey applied for and currently is part of the Accelerate Institute’s Ryan Fellowship Principal Program. Prior to her work at CICS Basil, Lindsey served as the Principal at CICS Avalon. Every day she steps into the building, she is focused on the critical priorities – observation and feedback, data analysis, student culture, staff culture, content, and professional development - that are going to lead her scholars to success.

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.  

Contact Us:

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