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, he taught English, including English Language Learners, and other subjects in Attleboro, Central Falls, and at the Seven Hills Charter School in Worcester, MA.

Mr. Haskins is a founding board member of the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity, a Rhode Island nonprofit 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 he has been coaching learning communities for teacher leaders and school leaders across Rhode Island and Massachusetts since 2010.

Upper School Principal Genevieve Schultz

Genevieve Schultz 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, Ms. Schultz taught high school English and coached new teachers in schools across Rhode Island. Most recently, she 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 needed 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_originalEric 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 Principal – Becky Coustan

Becky Coustan, Upper School Principal

Becky Coustan was the founding principal of Paul Cuffee Upper School, where she led the School’s efforts for five years before being named Director of Learning and Teaching K–12. Prior to joining Paul Cuffee School in 2010, Ms. Coustan was a Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) School Visit Fellow, where she led the Commissioner’s site visits. Prior to joining RIDE, Ms. Coustan taught and served as an instructional coach in Providence and New York City.

A graduate of Classical High School in Providence, Ms. Coustan earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at Yale University, a Master of Science in School Administration and Supervision at Touro College, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence at the New York University School of Law. Ms. Coustan is a National Board Certified Teacher and a Bar Association Member in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She holds several professional educator certificates, including Building Administrator K–12, Curriculum Director, and Superintendent of Schools.

Ms. Coustan lives in Providence with her husband and two children and has been a Paul Cuffee School parent since 2009. She is passionate about the work of school leadership and views her role as one seeking justice, equity, and excellence.