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Jared Austin, Founder/Executive Director

Mr. Jared Austin – a long-time resident of Vacaville, Prior to Co-Founding Kairos Public School, Mr. Austin began his teaching career in Vacaville, as a Visual Media Arts lead teacher at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School (BCHMS).  Mr. Austin remained at BCHMS for 6 years, serving his final year as the Coordinator of Student Services. He was named Rotary Teacher of the Year in 2009. In 2011, Mr. Austin accepted the position of Middle School Coordinator (Principal) at the Performing and Fine Arts Academy (PFAA) at Natomas Charter School (NCS).  The following year his role expanded to include oversight of the Leading Edge Academy middle school, and he was named the Middle School Academies Coordinator (Principal).  In addition to overseeing these two academy schools, Mr. Austin was the English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinator for all five NCS academies and served as the BTSA Induction Program Coordinator. In the latter capacity, he worked with the Sacramento County Office of Education as part of a consortium of 15 other charter schools to provide BTSA support services and assistance to beginning teachers trying to clear their credentials. 


Mr. Austin has also served on the Board of Directors for the Young Image Makers Foundation (YIMF) Board, The SHIELD Advisory Board as a charter advisor in the areas of WASC, Facilities,  Curriculum, Technology, Charter Renewal, and procedures. Mr. Austin is also the founder of the Innovative Scholars Foundation (ISF)


Currently, Mr. Austin serves on the Vacaville Public Education Foundation (VPEF) Board, The California Charter School Association's (CCSA) Capitol Advocacy Leadership (CAL) team. Mr. Austin was appointed in November 2017 by California State Board of Education to serve on the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS). 

Mr. Patrick Broughton, Education Services Director 


Mr. Patrick Broughton has lived in Vacaville since 2008. Mr. Broughton graduated with his Bachelor's of Arts degree in English and Communications from Florida Southern College in 1990 and his Masters of Education in Supervision and Administration from George Mason University in 2000. He worked at Natomas Charter School from 2008-2015. While there, he ran the day-to-day managerial operations of the school, which included Student Affairs Director Before becoming an administrator, Mr. Broughton taught high school English for 10 years, including Advanced Placement English, ran the school newspaper, was a track and cross country coach, and was nominated as Teacher of the Year.  He was also a high school Assistant Principal in Virginia for 8 years, then moved to California, where he served as the discipline of students and ensuring policies and procedures established by the NCS Board were followed by all faculty and staff at the school's five academies, encompassing 1500+ students. He also oversaw the school's counseling program, the school's complete state testing program, including English Learners, and led the WASC accreditation process in 2014, earning the highest score possible for the school: a 6 with no review. He has served on various WASC accreditation visits and on other committees, such the state-selected board to provide feedback on the state's standardized testing systems. He was selected as the Educational Services Director for Kairos Public Schools Vacaville Academy in July 2015. 

Melanie Thomas, Special Education Coordinator

Ms. Melanie Thomas, a Vacaville native and Will C. Wood Alumni, received her undergraduate degree in Social Welfare, Education, and Public Policy from UC Berkeley. After graduating from Cal, she worked at Will C. Wood High School as a College Counselor, with a focus on assisting first-generation students through the college application process. After her time at Will C. Wood, Ms. Thomas started her career in special education working for St. HOPE Public Schools in Sacramento while earning her Education Specialist Credential and Master's Degree in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University. At St. HOPE she began as the K-5 Education Specialist where she co-taught in multiple grade-levels and spearheaded the co-teaching efforts and transition to inclusion services on campus. Ms. Thomas then had the privilege of coordinating the RTI (Response to Intervention) program, as well as leading the SST (Student Success Team) Meetings on campus before eventually transitioning to take on the role of the K-8 Special Education Coordinator for the SHPS district. With a passion for supporting new teachers to the field, Ms. Thomas also worked as a University Field Supervisor for Loyola Marymount University's Special Education Credentialing Program.


Since the 2015-2016 school year, Ms. Thomas has helped lead our special education and intervention supports on the Kairos campus which has been a wonderful experience. Ms. Thomas is very proud to be a part of the Kairos Family. For the last three school years, the Kairos special education team has worked to support all of our learners on campus, and they look forward to continuing to grow and develop as a department each school year.