The BSAC After-School Experience program (B.A.S.E.) had an outstanding first year across five offsite school locations. We introduced a variety of clubs for students to engage and participate in and received valuable feedback from both the schools and families.
This year, we are thrilled to welcome Morgan Szymanski as our new B.A.S.E. Director of Curriculum! Morgan spent time observing each after-school location before meeting with principals to discuss their needs for curriculum guidelines. “We aren’t offering more school,” said Morgan. “We’re offering educational reinforcement by planning fun, innovative, and collaborative activities.”
Our goal is to encourage teamwork and critical thinking by using a spin-off from traditional teaching methods. Students will have all the tools necessary to come up with a solution to a problem. They’ll work in a positive, hands-on environment until they find an answer. The B.A.S.E. program will foster key skills that will help students stay excited about learning.
“We have been talking about what a BSAC community kid looks like,” said Morgan. “They would be leaders so we are incorporating leadership training. Being involved in the community is important, so doing community projects will help instill those values.”
Our programming will also coincide with current events happening both in our area and worldwide. It’s extremely important for children to begin paying attention to what is happening around them. Be on the lookout for future activities revolving around this year’s World Cup!
Morgan graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in humanities and a minor in museum studies before completing her master’s degree in museum education. She brings valuable experience from her time planning educational programming for the Museum of Florida History before joining us at BSAC.
“I realized it’s not the museums I’m tied to,” said Morgan. “It’s creating programs and connecting to kids on a different level.”
Morgan also spent one month abroad in Italy for an archeological dig regarding the pre-roman era. She dug wells looking for grape seeds used by the Etruscan civilization.
“I want to live to work, I want to love my job,” said Morgan. “I love programming and working with kids. I love helping them learn about things they didn’t know they liked and maybe thinking about things in a different way than before.”
When she’s not at BSAC, Morgan enjoys spending time with her new puppy and fiancé. She also enjoys playing Jurassic World, watching Netflix, and hitting the gym.
Welcome to the BSAC family Morgan! We can’t wait to see you transform our after-school programming.