Misa Gonzales

Misa Gonzales has joined Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown as a humanities teacher working with the 6th/7th grade team.  She brings  to her position over 15 years of classroom experience, with prior teaching roles in the Sunnyside and Tucson Unified school districts.  Gonzales was honored as a ‘Champion of Change’ by the Obama administration… Read more »

Deborah Barca

I am thrilled to be joining the PFFS community this year! I grew up in the Northeast and graduated with a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University. Upon finishing this degree in 1994, I direct my energy and background at as a social scientist toward working directly with children and youth…. Read more »

Celina Casillas

This is my first year at Paulo Freire Freedom School and I’m excited to be part of a community that respects students of diverse backgrounds and approaches them as individuals. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree of Psychology and a minor in Sociology. While attending college, I helped direct an… Read more »

Patrick Kelly

Hello, my name is Patrick Kelly and this year I am excited to be teaching Humanities at the Downtown campus of Paulo Freire Freedom School. Born and raised in Tucson, I returned 8 years ago after a near 20 year hiatus to the Bay Area. I graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor… Read more »

Seth Smith

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 dovetails with his place-based and project-based teaching philosophies and helps him integrate curiosity and fun into his students’ learning.  Seth’s experience with research and the application of… Read more »

Stephanie O’Halloran

I am so excited to be a part of the amazing learning community that is Paulo Freire Freedom School! I moved here from Brooklyn, NY in 2005 to teach for AmeriCorps, where I created service learning projects for the Youth Volunteer Corps. I wanted to use my English degree to help young people express themselves… Read more »

Joe Boehm

While earning my BA the University of Arizona (Biology/Geo-sciences/English), I was lucky to be in a parallel course of instruction, learning several construction trades as an apprentice to my father at his construction business.   Between graduating in 1992 and returning to school, I continued to work in construction, taught for 2 years in Japan,… Read more »