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Anthony Bassett

Teacher/Mentor

Anthony was born and raised in Mississippi and Alabama. However, he has spent much of his adult life in California and most recently in Seattle, Washington. From a young age, Anthony enjoyed exploring books, history, geography, and world cultures. He translated that into Bachelor of Art degrees in Foreign Languages and Literature and Masters Degrees in English and Spanish all from the University of Southern Mississippi. Eventually, Anthony pursued Ph.D. studies in Multicultural Education at the University of Washington before eventually shifting paths to complete another M.A. in Public Policy Studies.

No matter where Anthony has gone, he has dedicated his career to education. His first teaching opportunities came from working with young immigrant learners in Southern California in the early 2000s. From there, he returned to Mississippi and Alabama to teach the growing community of immigrant youth in the region. Along the way, he also served in an adjunct faculty position at the University of Southern Mississippi. From 2009-19, Anthony served as teacher and head of school/executive director at a progressive education non-profit in Seattle. In that capacity, he took particular pride in building the program’s middle and high school programs. He liked it so much that he even picked up a national certification as a college counselor and ran his own successful education consulting firm.

In his free time, Anthony loves to read, research, and write on issues of access and equity, particularly in education. He most enjoys spending time with his wife, four kids, and the family cat and dog. As a family, they love to travel, watch comic book movies, and play video games.

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