Mrs. Caitlin R. Basel

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Mrs. Caitlin R. Basel

Hello Star Family! I am so fortunate to be a part of this community teaching 5th grade. I have been teaching 5th grade at Star Elementary since 2015 and I absolutely continue to love it every year. 

I was born in Southern California and raised in Boise where I attended Bishop Kelly High School and Boise State University, graduating in 2008. After college, I taught kindergarten at Chaparral in Meridian. After my first year of teaching, I moved to Austin, TX where I worked in software start-up companies doing business development and project management. I attribute this to my love of technology and coding - we will be learning some code in the classroom this year. In 2013 I moved back to Boise to get married to my high school sweetheart. We now have a beautiful daughter, Eden Ray (Edie), who was born in April of 2016. Before coming to Star Elementary, I was Director of Operations at PCS EdventuresLabs in Boise and Eagle which is a STEM learning center and tons of fun!

In addition to people, our family has a black lab mix, Pico, and a cat named Bonkers Basel who is a bit... uh... bonkers. We live in Eagle, ID and love to ride our bikes to restaurants like Ahi Sushi and Rice. Staying active is very important to me - in my free time you can usually find me hiking, working out, surfing, wakeboarding, or simply spending time with my family (mostly hibernating in the winter, however). I bring a lot of movement into the classroom as well - active body, active mind. 

Teaching 10 and 11 year olds, I hope to always share my passion for technology and learning. Discovering new things is the most exciting thing to me and I love constantly learning new things with my students. We will learn and discuss the idea of having a growth mindset where it is ok to fail, as long as it helps us to learn. Here's to a fabulous year!  

You can always reach me at basel.caitlin@westada.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.