Leadership

Board of Trustees

At Paulo Freire Charter School we include members from all the important groups at PFSJCS on our Board of Trustees. That means parents, students, staff, administrators and community members represent their groups as voting members on the Board and help to govern the school.  More about the Board >>

Executive Director

Isabelina Rodriguez, Ed.D.- Dr. Rodriguez joined the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) in January 2015, first as Bureau Chief of Special Education, and most recently as Chief Academic Officer. In these roles, she was tasked with ensuring regulatory and fiscal compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA) and working with colleagues within and outside the CSDE to help ensure high expectations and improved outcomes for Connecticut students, including those with disabilities, and English Learners (EL); as well as to develop and implement effective curriculum and instructional policies and practices to support improved outcomes for students and their families. More about Dr. Rodriguez >>

Principal

Kira Jewett has been a passionate supporter of PFSJCS since she wrote a letter in support of the school when it first applied for a charter in 2011, and has been on staff since the day the school opened.  She began as the school’s biology and environmental science teacher, bringing students into nature to study ecology and the workings of living beings, and even running a Winter Survival class in January!  In Year 3 she became Science Department Leader, and stepped into an Acting Principal role in the spring of 2017 and Interim Principal in the fall of 2018. This is her first school year as full Principal of PFSJCS, and she could not be more excited to be in a leadership role in such a unique and rewarding community dedicated to social justice education. More about Principal Jewett >>