Interim Head of School
Wendy Randle has devoted the past 12 years to meeting the individual needs of children, enhancing the lives of families, and providing professional development for her colleagues. Before joining PCS, Mrs. Randle was principal of South Elementary School in Somerset, MA. There she worked to ensure that students received meaningful, cognitively engaging learning experiences that would help them thrive and evolve into critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and productive global citizens.
Mrs. Randle’s career in education began at Coggeshall School in Newport, RI, where she served as a first-grade teacher for five years. As a teacher, her primary goal was to ensure that each student’s needs were met within a nurturing, stimulating, socio-constructivist, 21st century learning environment. Prior to becoming an educator, Mrs. Randle was a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT. She completed her master’s degree in school administration at Providence College.
Mrs. Randle leads by example, demonstrating her own love of lifelong learning through her enrollment in the Northeastern University Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. Her doctoral research includes topics such as research-based differentiated mathematics instruction within the math workshop model and the infusion of spiritual leadership practices in school administration.
Upper School Principal
A Rhode Island native, Upper School Principal Becky Coustan brings 14 years of education experience to her position. She has held a variety of teaching and leadership roles, including teaching social studies as a Lead Teacher at Central High School in Providence, serving as a district leader in social studies curriculum and professional development, and leading teaching and learning reforms as Lead Coach at Providence’s Hope High School. She has twice received Teacher of the Year awards, one from Central High School and one from the High School for Legal Studies in New York City.
Prior to joining PCS, Ms. Coustan served as a Regents District Visit Fellow at the RI Department of Education, leading collaborative school visits with teams of administrators and educators to recommend school improvements. Previously she practiced law and taught social studies in New York.
Ms. Coustan holds a B.A. in history from Yale, a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Touro College, and a J.D. from New York University’s School of Law. She is a nationally board-certified teacher in adolescence and young adulthood for social studies and history. In addition, she is a member of the Rhode Island Bar and holds Rhode Island educational leadership and teaching certificates as a superintendent of schools, principal, administrator for curriculum and instruction, and teacher of secondary social studies, history, sociology, and political science.
Interim Middle School Principal
Rev. Dr. Rudolph A. Moseley Jr. has over 14 years of experience in education. He has served as a science teacher, science department head, assistant principal, principal, special programs coordinator, and K-12 supervisor of science for the Providence Public Schools. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the college level.
During his tenure as principal, he led one of the lowest-performing schools in Rhode Island to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standard in accordance with the federal mandates of No Child Left Behind. For his dedicated work, Dr. Moseley has received the Sammy C. Vaughn Education Award from the Urban League of Rhode Island.
Dr. Moseley earned a doctorate in education with an emphasis on Educational Leadership from Northeastern University. He also holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is a graduate of Queen’s College High School in Nassau, Bahamas.
Interim Lower School Principal
Derrick Ciesla is interim Principal for the PCS Lower School. For the past four years, he served as Principal of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Elementary School (MLK) in Providence. He began his teaching career at a charter school in Boston, MA. From there, he transitioned to the Boston public school system, serving as a teacher and administrator in South Boston, Roxbury, and Mattapan. Along with his leadership position at MLK, these roles have helped him develop strong skills in family and community engagement, data analysis, and curriculum development.
Mr. Ciesla’s goal at PCS is to serve in a capacity that improves student outcomes. He considers himself a lifelong learner, and he hopes to learn a great deal from all of the individuals that make up the Paul Cuffee School community.