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Office of Instruction

Office of Instruction

Julia Carlson, Assistant Superintendent

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 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

Fatima Silva - Director of Student Assessment

Barbara Allard - Director of Early Childhood

Frank Farias - Director of Instructional Technology

Jacqueline Francisco - Director of Fine Arts

Michele Sharpe - Director of Health and PE

Tracy Curley - PK-12 Science & Math Coordinator

Siobhan Ryan - Title I/Parent Information Center

Russ Lewis - Education Supplies




News and Notices

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FRPS Code of Conduct

FRPS Strategic Plan

Superintendent's Summer Letter

Superintendent's Proposed FY19 Budget Presentation and FY19 Budget Summary

FRSC Special Meeting
Monday, August 20, 2018
4:15 PM
Kuss Middle School

FRSC Regular Meeting
Monday, August 20, 2018
5:30 PM
Kuss Middle School


Please submit all requests to:
Rebecca Caron, Admin. Asst.
417 Rock Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508-675-8420, ext. 53702

Multilingual Literacy Resources for Parents

FRPS Home School Application

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)