Paul Basdekis – President

Originally from Windsor, Connecticut, Paul moved to New York to attend school at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. There he majored in English, minored in Psychology, and acquired his Elementary Education certification. He spent a few semesters studying abroad in Australia (Macquarie University, Sydney) and England (St. Clare’s College, Oxford), while playing four years of Varsity baseball back in New York. After leading his team to the NCAA Championships, Paul was named to the 2003 ABCA All-American baseball team. He graduated in 2003 and began working in the West Hartford school system before being offered a free agent contract to play professional baseball in the Chicago area. Paul returned to education soon after and moved to Northern Virginia where he began his teaching career at Forest Edge Elementary School.

Paul spent his first seven years in education teaching sixth grade at Forest Edge Elementary School in Reston, VA and has since earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. During his time at Forest Edge, he has served on the PTA, ran the student council, coordinated the intramural program, and has led many other projects within the school to facilitate an array of learning opportunities for the children in the community. Paul spends his free time travelling and on the golf course, but has also spent many seasons coaching in the Reston Little League. He continues to be actively involved in youth centered community service organizations, such as the Kiwanis Club of the Dulles area, and is committed to the mission of Summer Solutions, which is to provide quality educational services to a diverse group of students in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Paul currently is the assistant principal at Woodley Hills Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia where he continues his work as an educational leader in the community.

Carrie Levis – Program Director

Assistant Director Carrie Levis has been with the program since its beginning in 2004. She is originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area where she attended Slippery Rock University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in Special Education. She began her career teaching first grade in Mexico City before moving to the Virginia area. Carrie has taught in grades two through six for the past 14 years and spends much of her time tutoring and mentoring students at the elementary level. She is extremely dedicated to working with young children and is actively involved in the school community through her expansion of after-school programs and her duties as lead mentor for new teachers. Carrie Levis was recently nominated for Fairfax County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.