Dr. Cavilla

Director of Student Affairs

Dr. Cavilla received his education at the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Doctor of Education with a specialization in gifted education, a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. His areas of research include how to maximize student success through the infusion of social-emotional learning, which includes helping students learn skills such as empathy, self-regulation, curiosity, and harmonious passion in the everyday classroom setting. His expertise also includes how to better identify and support both underachieving and dual-exceptional students, such as those who are both gifted and learning disabled or who are both gifted and on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

He entered the field of education in order to make a positive impact on society and has touched the lives of thousands of students from kindergarten to graduate level having held various roles, including: fifth grade teacher, high school English teacher, university professor and, most recently, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at a highly successful K-8 public charter school in Central Florida. Prior to entering the field of education, Dr. Cavilla ran a graphic design business for over a decade.

Recently relocated to the Bay Area after 28 years in Florida, Dr. Cavilla is thrilled to share his passion and expertise for empowering all students at BASIS Independent Fremont toward success. His belief in honoring the individual skills, passions, and goals of each student will serve to support the optimal growth for each learner both intellectually and social-emotionally. In his free time, Dr. Cavilla enjoys travelling the globe to new and exciting places, whipping up gourmet treats in the kitchen, and burning off calories from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream through running.