Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer

Julia Carlson



Julia Carlson
Assistant Superintendent
417 Rock Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508-675-8420 x53800

Mrs. Carlson is a veteran educator and comes to Fall River Public Schools after serving ten years in administration in Providence and on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Mrs. Carlson was a special education teacher in grades 6-12 prior to her administrative work and a business consultant in San Francisco, California.

As the Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, she is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of teaching and learning in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.

Mrs. Carlson holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Educational Administration from The University of Hawaii at Manoa, and completes her Doctorate in May, 2018 from Boston College.

The Office of Instruction is responsible for a broad range of areas, including: program and curriculum coordination, assessment, instruction, professional development, educational initiatives, research and grants.

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The Office of Instruction oversees curriculum and instruction for the Fall River Public Schools. The curriculum maps for all content areas, Grades K-12, guide teachers in standards implementation . They help teachers, parents and students understand the anticipated results of instruction and study. The curriculum maps respond to the question: what should students be able to do to demonstrate understanding and knowledge?


The Office of Instruction oversees a number of educational programs for the Fall River Public Schools. 

Fernanda Vera Cruz - Director of English Language Learners

Barbara Allard - Director of Early Childhood

Jacqueline Francisco - Director of Fine Arts

Michele Sharpe - Director of Health and PE

Tracy Curley - Director of Student Assessment

Siobhan Ryan - Title I/Parent Information Center

Russ Lewis - Education Supplies

Frank Farias - Director of Technology Integration

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