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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 […]

Kathy Moore

Principal of 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 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 […]