Ms. Seidel received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Applied Linguistics, from Tufts University. She graduated with highest honors for her thesis, which examined narrative development in a multicultural and multilingual preschool classroom. In 2017, she graduated with a Master of Science in Developmental Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where her dissertation focused on acquisition of pronouns in young children. She joined the BASIS Independent Fremont faculty as a Kindergarten Teaching Fellow, a role that she is especially excited about as it will allow her to support her students as they explore and grow in their language, math, and science abilities.
Ms. Seidel chose to work at BASIS Independent Fremont because of the school’s commitment to supporting students as they work to achieve their best. Having grown up abroad, she “appreciates that BASIS Curriculum schools draw inspiration from educational systems around the world to help students reach an internationally competitive level upon graduating.” As a previous language researcher, Ms. Seidel is also “delighted by the introduction of a foreign language at an early stage, and emphasis on languages as students progress through the school.”
Ms. Seidel believes that school should be fun, and that the classroom should be a space that encourages imagination, curiosity, and joy. She aims to “inspire in [her] students a life-long love of learning and exploring, and the ability to view the unknown with an eager curiosity.”
When she isn’t teaching, Ms. Seidel can be found out exploring the Bay Area or, during holidays, a new corner of the world. A fun fact about her is that she trained as an opera singer for two years at the New England Conservatory in Boston!