Ms. Aust has been involved in education for more than 10 years in a variety of roles including summer camp director, after-school enrichment chair, kindergarten teacher, teaching assistant, and PTA president. Her experience has given her knowledge in organizing children’s programs, leading teachers and employees, and teaching in the classroom with students.
Immediately prior to joining the BASIS Independent McLean community, Ms. Aust was the summer camp director at Pinecrest School, where she developed a summer camp schedule for PreK-grade 6 students, implemented a new online registration system, hired camp teachers, and responded to parent and staff inquires, among other things. In her role as a kindergarten teacher and teaching assistant, she was in the classroom full time, creating lesson plans, providing students with individualized guidance, and collaborating with other teachers. Before finding her passion in education, Ms. Aust spent a decade in the human resources field.
Ms. Aust is originally from Hawaii and has lived in various parts of the United States as well as Japan, England, and Germany. She holds a Master of Education Leadership with a concentration in Independent School Leadership from George Mason University and a Bachelor of General Studies in Human Services from the University of Connecticut,
“I love that BASIS Independent McLean allows students to take responsibility for their education and offers them an environment where learning is exciting and expectations are high. Kids are so capable, and when they believe that, they can achieve amazing things,” she said. Ms. Aust has three children and likes to quilt in her spare time.