Ms. Kertis

Teaching Fellow

Ms. Kertis joins BASIS Independent Brooklyn’s English faculty as a Teaching Fellow focused on writing in fifth through 11th grade English classes. She is a published author, and her work has appeared in "Tin House," "The Literary Review," "The Brooklyn Rail," and other journals. Ms. Kertis is the author of two chapbooks of translation, “OLD GUS EATS” (Publishing Genius, 2012) and “MIRROR POEMS” (O’Clock Press, 2012). In 2013 she co-founded the biennial "Moby-Dick Marathon NYC."

Ms. Kertis received a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College with a major in American literature and a minor in fiction writing. Her enthusiasm for farm-to-table food culture brought her to the big island of Hawaii as well as Portland, Oregon where she worked on farms and in restaurants. In 2010, she returned to the east coast to earn an M.F.A. in fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

Ms. Kertis was drawn to BASIS Independent Brooklyn because of the tight-knit community of super-smart teachers and students. She’s inspired by her colleagues, and she is really looking forward to facilitating creative and intellectual exploration with the upper school English students at BASIS Independent. The teaching fellow position particularly appealed to her because of the incredible opportunity to learn through exposure to masterful teaching practices.

Not surprisingly, Ms. Kertis loves reading and writing short stories in her free time. On weekends, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and two kids.