Our Head of School and Principals

Head of School – Christopher Haskins

Christopher HaskinsChristopher Haskins has been dedicated to educating young people his entire career, including more than a decade as a principal in Rhode Island public schools. He most recently served as Principal of Dunn’s Corners School in Westerly, and he previously was a principal in the Cranston Public School District. Prior to being a principal, Chris taught English, including English Language Learners, and other subjects in Attleboro, Central Falls, and at the Seven Hills Charter School in Worcester, MA.

He is a founding board member of the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity, a Rhode Island non-profit committed to providing leaders with professional development and support equitable outcomes for students in schools. The Center is the home of Principal Residency Network, a principal certification program approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education, as well as the Learning Leader Network, where Chris has been coaching learning communities for teacher leaders and school leaders across Rhode Island and Massachusetts since 2010.

Upper School Principal Genevieve Schultz

Genevieve is a native of Milwaukee, WI but has called Providence home for the past five years. She attended the University of Wisconsin where she majored in social work, earned her teaching credential from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and recently completed her MEd in school leadership from Rhode Island College. Before working at Cuffee, Genevieve taught high school English and coached new teachers in schools across Rhode Island. Most recently, Genevieve has served as the Academic Dean at Paul Cuffee Upper School. During her time at PCUS, she has grown more committed to ensuring that each PCUS student has the skills they need to be successful after high school, while also building a community that is rooted in social justice, trust, and fun.

Middle School Principal – Eric Charlesworth

charlesworth_originalMr. Charlesworth has over a decade of experience working with Paul Cuffee School students and their families. Before becoming principal, he taught sixth-grade mathematics at the Middle School. As the first head of the math department, he helped to create and shape the mathematics curriculum and structures, as well as the School’s advisory program. As an educator deeply grounded in the philosophy that student success relies on a blend of good relationships, social skills, and engagement with learning, Mr. Charlesworth serves as a national facilitator for The Origins Program Developmental Designs – the pedagogy that undergirds the Middle School’s approach in helping Cuffee students to value and practice personal initiative, perseverance, and social responsibility. Originally from Rochester, NY, Mr. Charlesworth was a journalist in New York City before returning to school and completing a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. His goal is to continue enhancing Paul Cuffee’s tradition of building strong relationships across the school in order to best meet the needs of students so that each one can grow socially, emotionally and academically.

Lower School Interim Principal – Becky Coustan

Becky Coustan, Upper School PrincipalA Rhode Island native, lower school interim principal Becky Coustan brings 19 years of education experience to her position. From 2010 – 2015, Ms. Coustan was the founding principal at Paul Cuffee Upper School. She has held a variety of teaching and leadership roles, including leading school reform visits Regents District Visit Fellow at the RI Department of Education, facilitating curriculum and instructional change as Lead Coach at Hope High School, serving as a district leader in social studies curriculum and professional development, and teaching social studies as a Lead Teacher at Central High School in Providence and in New York City. 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. Before becoming an educator, she practiced law in New York City.

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. She 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.