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Elizabeth McConaghy - Head of School
Elizabeth McConaghy
Head of School
Mrs. McConaghy (Mah-con-ah-gee or “Mrs. M” for short!) joins BASIS Scottsdale Primary after five years at BASIS Scottsdale (5-12) in administration and college counseling. Education administration is her passion – she loves working with teachers, administrators, parents, and students. Creating a sense of community and building trust amongst all groups is a top priority for her. She is looking forward to getting to know your families and instilling the same passion for learning, creativity, and intellectual curiosity in your students as that which is found throughout BASIS students of all ages.
Born and raised in a suburb of Boston, Mrs. McConaghy is an avid Boston sports fan – Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and also the New England Patriots! She has two dogs, miniature dachshunds named Bella and Fenway. She is a 10 year resident of Scottsdale, living here with her husband and son, and particularly enjoys the serenity (and warmth) of desert living. Prior to joining BASIS, Mrs. McConaghy earned a Master in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Administration, with a concentration in Economics and Finance, Summa Cum Laude, from Babson College. She has served as a Finance and Operations Manager at CVS /Caremark and has prior financial experience in investment banking.
Julie Kearney - Head of Operations
Julie Kearney
Head of Operations
Mrs. Kearney comes to BASIS Scottsdale Primary after serving over three years as the Head of Operations at BASIS Scottsdale. She greatly enjoys bolstering student learning outcomes by working with the teachers to design their classrooms and order educational supplies. Her team is also responsible for helping parents navigate SMART for Charter as well as several functions internal to BASIS (facilities maintenance, benefits management, school safety plans, etc.). A Michigan native, Mrs. Kearney attended Central Michigan University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Three Dimensional Design with a minor in Math Education. She lives in Scottsdale with her husband and son (almost two years old).
Prior to joining BASIS, Mrs. Kearney spent eight years with Curtiss-Wright Controls Integrated Sensing, an aerospace manufacturing company located in Tempe, Arizona. During her tenure she worked as the Materials Manager for five years as well as a Product Sales & Support Associate and Product Sales & Support Manager.
Dave Deshler - Director of Student Affairs
Dave Deshler
Director of Student Affairs
Mr. Deshler comes to us after serving as a school Director for BASIS Phoenix and for BASIS Ahwatukee. Prior to that, he was at BASIS Scottsdale for three years where he taught 5th Grade Physical Geography, AP Environmental Science, and AP Human Geography. Before joining BASIS, Mr. Deshler was a Director for a Virginia non-profit educational organization he co-founded in 1994 that focused on inquiry-based science programs for Kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2010 he moved to Tempe, Arizona when his wife joined ASU as an Assistant Professor. Growing up avidly exploring the outdoors in Japan and the Philippines eventually led him to leading natural history tours on horseback in the Appalachian Mountains as a teenager. This sparked his passion for education and a career that spans 28 years and three continents. Mr. Deshler enjoys playing frisbee, hiking, and camping with his dog; reading and watching just about anything Science Fiction; and going on any journey - he intends to go into Outer Space at least once in his lifetime.
Monica Morris - Director of Academic Programs
Monica Morris
Director of Academic Programs
Mrs. Morris joined BASIS Scottsdale Primary as the Director of Academic Programs in the 2015/2016 school year. In the six years she has been with BASIS she has served as Director of Academic Programs at BASIS Peoria and Math Teacher at BASIS Phoenix and BASIS Oro Valley. While at BASIS Phoenix Mrs. Morris started a math competition club that has become widely successful and popular amongst the students. She was also the National Junior Honor Society Advisor at BASIS Oro Valley. Mrs. Morris is excited to continue working with BASIS Scottsdale Primary students, teachers, staff, and parents. She whole-heartedly believes in the BASIS philosophy and curriculum, and is thrilled to oversee the primary curriculum.


As an Arizona native, Mrs. Morris attended the University of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. When she is not at work, Mrs. Morris is enjoying every little moment with her 3-year-old daughter, husband, and 2 beagles. She also enjoys playing tennis with friends and family, watching University of Arizona Basketball, and hiking in the valley.


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