A first-generation immigrant, Paula's foray into education began with the makeshift classroom she created in her parents' backyard. Her work as the executive director of E4E's flagship chapter builds on the nine years she spent in Atlanta Public Schools teaching children living in poverty, in the face of many systemic challenges. Paula joined E4E to narrow the gap between teachers' intent and impact on students, and on their profession. Paula holds a bachelor’s degree in child development from Spelman College, and a master’s degree in education from Columbia University.
She has worked with parents, teachers, and legislators to advance policies on teacher diversity and other factors related to student success. She was the New Jersey Department of Education’s chief turnaround officer, successfully leading the state's efforts to improve its lowest-achieving schools. She also founded a public school, and led an initiative that brought trauma-informed practices to public schools in New York City. She was appointed to serve on the editorial board of a professional journal for teachers, and on the New Jersey Council for Young Children. She is the author of “SHAPE: The Five Keys to Parenting from Research & Real Life.” Her most treasured role is being a mom to her three sons.
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