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Meet our Administration Team

Meet Our Administration


Jared Austin, Co-Founder & Superintendent/CEO - Jared Austin has worked in public charter schools for over 19 years as a Teacher, Principal and Co-Founder & Superintendent/CEO. Mr. Austin is the Superintendent/CEO and Co-Founder of Kairos Public Schools, in Vacaville, California. ​Jared has served public charter schools in a variety of ways including being appointed to the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS) by the California State Board of Education in 2017, 2020 and 2021.  Jared serves on the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Member Council representing Solano County & Contra County. Lastly, Mr. Austin serves as an adjunct professor at Touro University’s Educational Leadership department. 

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Leslie Shebley, Co-Founder & Director of Flex-Based Academies - Leslie is a Co-Founder of Kairos Public Schools with over 12 years experience in public charter schools, specifically in Flex-Based Learning programs. Prior to working at Kairos Public Schools, Leslie worked as an Instructional Manager at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School (BCMHS), supporting students through their BCAL independent study program.Leslie is actively involved in the APLUS Network, advocating for the personalized learning needs of Flex-Based Learning students across the State of California. In previous years, Leslie has lead trainings on learning and teaching styles with an emphasis on supporting individuals at all levels. As a result of being home schooled herself (from K-12), she has a passion for helping families to succeed by providing a quality education that fits the specific needs of each student.



Christina Patterson,  Chief Financial Officer (CFO) - Currently serving as the CFO, Christina has leveraged over 25 years of hands-on experience in the private sector as a financial controller. Her extensive finance background equips her with a strategic understanding of fiscal management, budgeting, and financial planning. This, coupled with her role as a founding parent and volunteer, positions her uniquely to contribute a comprehensive perspective to our administration team. Christina's commitment to financial excellence aligns seamlessly with the organization's goals, fostering sound financial practices and contributing to overall success.




Betsy Madigan, Director of Student Services- Betsy Madigan graduated with a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development from UC Davis. She then went on to obtain her teaching credential and earn her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is also in pursuit of a Master’s degree in School Psychology with Alliant International University. She started her career in education at The Center for Child and Family Studies at UC Davis. She then went on to work at St. HOPE Public Schools, where she again worked in Early Childhood Education. She then made the gigantic leap across the country, and in age, to teach middle school English Language Learners in Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS). While working for KCPS she was appointed as the Behavior Intervention Support Team Coordinator for middle school. She then returned to California and worked at Capitol Collegiate Academy (CCA) in Sacramento, where she taught 2nd and 3rd grade. As a Founding Teacher she developed 3rd Grade Common Core aligned reading, writing and math curriculum. That same year, on the first Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in 2015 Mrs. Madigan’s students outscored Sacramento City Unified School District in both ELA and Math. In that class each of her students with a disability scored proficient. Mrs. Madigan was then appointed to be the Director of Student Services at CCA. As the Director of Student Services she oversaw the Special Education Program, managed the Mental Health and Restorative Justice programs, was the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Coordinator, and coached teachers. In her time in this role she developed an inclusive Special Education program that that helped ALL learners achieve in the academic setting, Mrs. Madigan joined the Kairos family in the Summer of 2019 as the Special Education Coordinator.


Patricia Hobbs, Foundations and Leadership Academies Principal - Patricia Hobbs is one of the founding teachers at Kairos Public Schools. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno. Her teaching career began at Central Unified School District at McKinley Elementary School  in Fresno where she taught Kindergarten for two years before moving to  5th and 6th Grade as the GATE Cluster Teacher for 8 years. In 2014 after moving to the Sacramento Area, she accepted a position with Kairos as the middle school math teacher. During her tenure, she  developed the math curriculum for middle school that consistently allowed Kairos Scholars to outperform their peers on the SBAC state assessments. As a member of the Kairos Team, she has been the Instructional Team Leader for Middle School and a TOSA (teacher on special assignment) with duties including curriculum oversight and development, staff training, data collection and analysis, development of the Response to Intervention Program, and Induction Mentoring for new teachers. In addition to teaching, her extra curricular activities included Track and Field and Cross Country Coach, and Advisor for Yearbook, Student Council and Math Team. 


Jon Sibug, Operations and Accountability Coordinator-  Jon Sibug was raised in the peninsula of the Bay Area, a first-generation Filipino-American. After graduating with a BA in Religious Studies from UC Berkeley in 2004, he moved to Vacaville to pursue pastoral and teaching opportunities. His background includes work focusing on community and connectivity. Jon served on the Kairos Board of Directors as an advisor and Board member from 2020-2022 before joining the team as the Operations and Accountability Coordinator. Jon has a background in private schools, charter schools and homeschool. Jon’s interests include leadership development, smart technology, and anything related to the creative arts.

James Buescher, Principal & Teacher - Kairos Luminary Academy High School 

Jennifer Burton, Assistant Principal & Teacher - Kairos Innovatives Scholars Pathway (KISP)

Alexis Granzella, Assistant Special Education Coordinator - Flex-Based Academies

Tiffany Leary, Executive Manager - Kairos District Services