Our Head of School and Principals

Head of School – Christopher Haskins

Christopher 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 Andrea Summers



Lower School Principal in Residence – Josie Batista

Passionate about education and making a difference in the world, Ms. Batista’s positivity and growth mindset inspire her students and colleagues alike. In the words of one individual who met with Ms. Batista in a recent focus group session, “Josie’s energy is unmatchable and contagious. Her ability to be direct in the best way possible is something I admire. She holds both students and colleagues to the highest of standards.”

Combining her strengths of instructional leadership and positive behavior, Ms. Batista will be making the transition from Principal-in-Residence to Lower School Building Principal during the 2021/22 school year. Prior to this promotion, Josie completed her second successful year as Dean of Students at Paul Cuffee Lower School. Before advancing to Dean of Students, Ms. Batista was one of the longest serving teachers at Paul Cuffee Middle School. Her sixth-grade humanities students consistently demonstrated high growth in reading and writing. 

In addition to her anticipated Master of Education in School Leadership degree from Providence College, which she will be awarded in December 2021, Ms. Batista has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a concentration in English from Rhode Island College. She will be bringing 15 years of classroom experience to her building principal role, as well as her expertise as a national facilitator for the Developmental Designs program. Ms. Batista has trained teachers from across the United States, including those from Cuffee, in the classroom practices that integrate academics with social-emotional learning.

In her free time, Josie loves bike riding, trips to the beach, and spending time with family. What she loves most about Cuffee is the strong sense of community, and it is no wonder why Ms. Batista considers the school home.