By Taryn Powell
On a typical school day, you will find Stacy Basinger in her office by 6:30 a.m. ready to start the day. She greets teachers and students as they arrive at Wellington Elementary every morning with the eagerness and energy that gets everyone ready to go for the day. On Wednesday mornings, right after the bell, she is seen racing down the hallway on her Razor Scooter with her spiked helmet on, delivering Kids Kudos for student’s excellence in work habits. This is Stacy Basinger: full of energy, enthusiasm, new ideas, and a building full of students, staff, and faculty that love her.
Mrs. Basinger began her teaching career at Wellington Elementary in 2006. You could see from the beginning she was a natural teacher and worked well with students, engaging them in their own learning. Although she seemed to make teaching look easy, you could see the time and hours spent behind the instruction to make it perfect. Education has been a priority for her. She taught second grade and sixth grade for several years while working on her Reading Endorsement, Master’s Degree, and her Administration Endorsement. After several years in the classroom, she was then hired as principal at Bruin Point Elementary, which she loved. Bruin Point was sad when she moved to Wellington Elementary to lead their school. Wellington has benefited from the love and support she gives to the students, faculty and community. Anyone who knows Mrs. Basinger knows she goes far and beyond the call of duty. She will support you 100%. If she can’t figure out how to do something, she will find someone who will help her. There is no slowing Mrs. Basinger down.
Wellington Elementary has been the beneficiary of the many acts of love and service from Stacy. She looks for ways to make learning fun for the students. In addition tpo weekly award for students, she has character assemblies each month to spotlight students who have exemplified that particular characteristic. She has popsicles on the roof, pies thrown at her for accomplishments of students, ice cream and topping on her head… the list could go on. She also creates an environment for teachers that keeps them energized and ready to teach their students.
Stacy has had the love and support of her family through all of her endeavors. Her husband, Dave, and their three children have sacrificed and supported her with all of her many adventures. She has been to countless ballgames with her family, once sacrificing her leg to catch a ball at a professional ball game by leaping over the benches. And yes, she caught it! Disneyland is her getaway. She loves adventures and Wellington Elementary benefits greatly through the excitement and adventures she takes our school on each day! Kudos to Mrs. Basinger.