Nima Duncan, Principal
Nima Duncan joined Saint Basil Academy in July 2020, after he and his family made their way to Walla Walla from Portland, Oregon. A lifelong learner and educator with over nine years of leadership, ministry, and administrative experience, Mr. Duncan serves as principal and core teacher for fourth and fifth grades for the 2020-21 school year. He has a wealth of experience in Christian education, community service and coalition building.
A writer, sports enthusiast, and first-generation American, Mr. Duncan is excited to bring his love of literature, philosophy, and history to Saint Basil Academy.
Mr. Duncan holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Liberty University and a MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Emma, are enjoying their first year living in Walla Walla with their son.
Kathryn Thompson, Lead Teacher
A familiar face at St. Basil Academy over the past thirteen years with an avid love of teaching, Kathryn Thompson has seen our school grow from a handful of students in a small rental house to its fullness on our permanent campus here on South Wilbur. Mrs. Thompson educates with decades of experience as a mother a grandmother, Special Education teacher, former coordinator for Blue Mountain Community College’s ESL program, tutoring, and teaching kindergarten through ninth grade here at St. Basil’s. She will be the core teacher for second and third grades for the upcoming school year.
Mrs. Thompson holds a BA in Education from Washington State University with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a Masters in Teaching from Heritage University.
With her husband, Terry, Mrs. Thompson enjoys keeping chickens and bees, gardening, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Brandon Thompson, Middle School Teacher
Brandon Thompson will once again be our core teacher for the sixth through eughth grades in the 2020-21 school year marking his fifth year with St. Basil Academy. This Walla Walla native, along with his family, returned to his hometown after six years of teaching inner city youth and community college in Chicago, and other teaching adventures in Chile. As well as teaching writing, grammar, literature, and history, Mr. Thompson has brought numerous advanced courses to our academy such as college-level Writing, Conversational Spanish and Philosophy to our eager learners.
Aside from teaching, Mr. Thompson enjoys spending time with his wife and six children in the great outdoors, jogging, gardening, recording music, writing poetry, and dabbling in philosophy.
Mr. Thompson holds a BA in Philosophy from Northern Arizona University, as well as a MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and an MFA in Poetry from University of Alaska.
Melody Hall, Kindergarten Teacher
Melody Hall returns to teaching and joins Saint Basil Academy for the first year as our core kindergarten teacher, after being part of our school for ten years as a parent and member of the school board of directors. Before starting a family, Mrs. Hall taught at Liberty Christian in Walla Walla. A lover of math and music, she brings her experience and as a mother and teacher to our youngest learners.
Mrs. Hall, with her husband Dewight, have raised their three children here in Walla Walla. She enjoys observing the imprint of God in the physical world, traveling with her family to oceans, museums, and national parks, supporting her children in their sport and music endeavors, cooking, and baking.
Mrs. Hall holds a BA in Elementary Education from Washington State University.
Elizabeth Reese, Faith and History teacher
Elizabeth has been volunteering or employed at Saint Bsil Academy from its inception fourteen years ago. Not only have six of her seven children attended St Basil’s over the years, but she has been a major supporter of our staff and students. She currently teaches faith and primary reading to the kinders, and in the afternoons she teaches twentieth-century world history to our part time ninth graders. Elizabeth is often found on the playground and lunch room monitoring lunch and recess, and volunteering at various fundraisers. She attended the University of Alaska where she took education courses and worked as a student teacher She has worked with special education students, and for varying number of years she has home schooled four of her seven children. She is often our “go to” person for questions about teaching history and faith, her two favorite subjects.
Darby LeClair, Bookkeeper, Home Economics and Craft Teacher
Darby wears many important hats at Saint Basil Academy. Not only is she the mother of two SBA students, but she teaches critical thinking, home economics (including some financial management), and creative crafts for first–fifth grades, and typing for fourth–fifth graders. This year, she has also taken on the very important role of bookkeeper for the school. Darby has been an active and faithful volunteer and employee at SBA for five years. She has a BS in Physical and Cultural Anthropology and a Cultural Resource Management certificate from Southern Oregon University. Darby’s many hobbies, including culinary research, medieval reenactment and education, sewing and soapstone carving all inspire and enhance the content of the classes she teaches.