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Dr. Lisa Basista


Dr. Lisa Basista is a lifelong California educator with over 29 years in the K-12 classroom. She has served as an elementary Bilingual Resource Teacher, high school Spanish and ELD instructor, Director of International Student Services, Middle School Assistant Principal, and district and county SDAIE, BTSA, CLAD, and CTEL trainer. She has also worked as an online adjunct professor for several teacher credentialing programs. She was also the first female principal of an all-male, international military boarding school – the first in the school’s 106 year history!  Currently, she is a full-time lecturer in the Educational Administration program at Cal State University, San Marcos. 

While a student, Dr. Basista spent several years living and studying abroad- first as an A.F.S. exchange student to Tucuman, Argentina (high school), and later, with the Junior Year Abroad program to Mexico City, Mexico. These experiences led to immense enthusiasm for second language acquisition and bilingual/bicultural understanding. Her doctoral research focused on the transitional experience of high school-aged Chinese students in an American boarding school setting. It was during that research that Dr. Basista first discovered the significant impact that single gender differences had on boys and learning.

Dr. Basista’s goal as an educator is to collaboratively develop a learning community where students have the opportunity to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.