Dr. Robert Pilkington is a thirty-three-year veteran of public education and specializes in charter school organizational design and operation. Beginning as a per-diem substitute is 1985, and currently serving as a Superintendent, Rob taught English in the Providence School Department where he also served as a longtime executive board member of the Providence Teachers Union, AFT Local 958. Opening the first charter school in RI in 1997, which still stands as the only district to charter conversion in the state, has led to other opportunities including founding the RI League of Charter Schools in 2001, the turnaround of an arts school with a revoked charter in 2005, the founding RI’s first Middle College with a nursing focus in 2010 and Village Green Virtual, RI’s only bricks and mortar virtual school in 2012. Currently, Rob has been green lighted by the RI Department of Education to open his fifth charter school. The new school with an Urban Planning and Historic Preservation theme is slated to open in September of 2018. Schools under Rob’s leadership have a long history of leading RI in growth across all assessments and grades as well as cross-state comparisons.
Kathy Vespia, Ed.D. serves as Executive Director. She has a passion for community-led innovation and design thinking. She has created community living options for children, pioneered a local arts center, and designed educational programs aboard one of RI’s premiere tall ships. As Chair of the Education program as Salve Regina University, Dr. Vespia spearheaded the introduction of technology and induction coaching to promote teaching and learning. As a former psychologist at the MET high school, she witnessed the power of self-directed, personalized experiential learning. Leveraging this experience, she designed a new successful alternative secondary program in Attleboro, MA. Born and educated in Providence, she is committed to the future of our city and, especially, to the youth of Charette, who will shape it for generations to come.