Executive Director's Welcome
Welcome to our Kairos Public Schools!
At Kairos, we believe making a difference starts with ourselves. Our staff loves what they do and who they do it for. We have intentionally created a space for children to learn by keeping our classroom sizes small, encouraging class outings, and student inclusion for Special Education students.
Our mission is to produce scholars who are effective communicators, self-directed learners, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens. These four skills will help each student in high school, college, and prepare them for the work-field.
J. Austin, Executive Director
Meet Our Administration
Co-Founder & Executive Director
As a California State University of Sacramento graduate, Jared Austin began his teaching career in the Vacaville Unified School District. Mr. Austin soon advanced into the role of Coordinator of Student Services at Buckingham Charter High School, in Vacaville, and then was recruited by Natomas Charter Schools, in Sacramento, as a site principal. Currently, Mr. Austin is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Kairos Public Schools, in Vacaville, California. Mr. Austin believes in getting scholars to take responsibility for their community and this belief is modeled through his own actions.
Additionally, Mr. Austin has served as an adjunct professor at Touro University’s Educational Leadership department, He has also received multiple honors for achievements in leadership and innovation.
Currently, Mr. Austin serves on the Vacaville Public Education Foundation Board, the California Charter School Association (CCSA) Capitol Advocacy Leadership team. In November 2017, Mr. Austin was appointed by the California State Board of Education to serve on the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools. The Commission provides recommendations to the California State Board of Education on statewide charter related matters.
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.
Special Education Coordinator
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.
Co-Founder & KISP Coordinator
Leslie is a Co-Founder of KISP and prior to working at Kairos Public Schools she worked as an Instructional Manager at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School (BCMHS) for the past five years, supporting students through their BCAL independent study program. Leslie also helped launch Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy. 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.