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Seth Smith

Operations Manager

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 […]

Daniel J. Morales

Principal of City High School

Daniel J. Morales II is the new Principal of City High School. Daniel received his M. Ed from the U of A and is currently completing his U of A  Ph D.  He has previously served as Principal of Chicanos Por La Causa – Envision High School, Vice Principal at Desert Sky Community School Elementary, and as Data […]

Carman Ryken

Co-Principal of 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

Principal of PFFS-Downtown

JoAnn Groh is the principal of Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown,  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 […]

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 educator 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 […]