Ms. Rodney brings more than a decade of teaching experience and specialized knowledge in fostering early literacy skills to her role as Dean of the Early Learning Program at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. Her professional mission is to ensure that all children within her reach have access to quality literacy instruction, which is the foundation for all learning.
Ms. Rodney received her Bachelor of Arts in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While in college, Ms. Rodney joined AmeriCorps to teach in the local “America Reads, America Counts Program.” This experience helped her realize that what she enjoyed most was helping struggling learners achieve success. She was then accepted into the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, and she subsequently obtained a dual master's degree in childhood education and literacy from Long Island University.
Upon graduation, Ms. Rodney began teaching in the New York City public school system eventually reaching her tenure in Suffolk County, Long Island. Most recently, Ms. Rodney resided in Charlotte, North Carolina where she held roles as a Literacy Facilitator and Academic Specialist.
Ms. Rodney chose to join the BASIS Independent Brooklyn administrative team, because she believes that engaging youth in challenging curriculum in a safe, stimulating environment will enable each child to contribute great things to society. She is excited to see how far her own child will go, when encouraged and guided to reach her full potential by her BASIS Independent Brooklyn teachers.
In her spare time, Ms. Rodney enjoys exploring different countries and cultures. She and her daughter love the outdoors, and they will never pass up an opportunity to have a picnic or go to the beach.