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.

Paula Soares, Executive Assistant

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.

Find Curriculum Materials/Maps Here

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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