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Patrick Kelly

Co-Principal PFFS-Downtown

Marisol Badilla

Dean of Students City High School

Marisol Badilla is the Dean of Student Life & School Culture, as well as, the Restorative Program Coordinator at City High School. Marisol received a Masters of Science in Mexican American Studies from the U of A in 2009 and will begin working toward her Ph D in Education there this fall.  She has been […]

Misa Gonzales

Co-Principal PFFS-Downtown

Seth Smith

Operations Manager CITY CCL

Seth Smith taught at Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown for several years before becoming Operations Manager for CITY Center in 2019.  Seth graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Spanish.  His love of the Sonoran Desert’s incredible ecology dovetailed with his place-based and […]

Kathy Moore

Principal City High School

Kathy Moore got her BA in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. She completed her teaching certification coursework at Pima Community College. She began her teaching career at Paulo Freire Freedom School-University in 2007, and taught math and science in California from 2011-2016.

Carman Ryken

Co-Principal PFFS-University

Carman Ryken is the Co-Principal of Paulo Freire Freedom School – University.  Carman earned a degree in French and Math from Mills College.  Carman began teaching math at PFFS-U in 2012 and has been a leader in project-based learning and competency-based learning during her tenure.  Carman is a skilled facilitator who has served as a […]

Lin Lucas

Co-Principal PFFS-University

Lin Lucas is Co-Principal of Paulo Freire Freedom School – University.  Lin graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education from Western Washington University.  Lin has taught Humanities at PFFS-U since 2018 and quickly established himself as a teacher-leader at that school. Lin completed the Race and Equity Facilitation Training from the Seattle Race […]


Chad Blair

Executive Director CITY CCL

Chad Blair was appointed principal of Paulo Freire Freedom School-University in July 2016. He most recently served as the assistant principal for both Paulo Freire Freedom School during the 2015-16 school year. Prior to that, Chad taught at City High School for eight years; he was an English teacher and held numerous other roles throughout his tenure, […]

JoAnn Groh

JoAnn Groh

Director of Professional Learning

JoAnn Groh is the Director of Professional Learning at CITY Center.  She is a long-time educator, with 15 years of experience teaching middle and high school humanities and over 10 years of experience as a school leader. In 2005, she co-founded the first Paulo Freire Freedom School, a unique middle school program that immerses students […]

Brett Goble

Brett Goble

District Leader for Academic Assurance and Career/College Pathways Coordinator

Brett is the District Leader for Academic Assurance, Career/College Pathways Coordinator, and one of the three teacher leader/co-founders of City High School. Inspired by the education philosophy of Ted Sizer and the Coalition of Essential Schools, Brett worked with Carrie Brennan and Eve Rifkin to realize a vision of a small high school where each […]