Special Education Teacher & Reading Specialist, Stephenson Elementary K-5
Paula is in her eighth year as learning center and reading specialist at Stephenson Elementary. She is a longtime Shadow Project teacher, having joined the program when she was at Markham Elementary from 2002 to 2006. Paula has also taught at Rieke, Whitaker, Irvington, Laurelhurst, Woodlawn, and Hosford schools—for a combined 31 years within Portland Public Schools (PPS).
Paula is active within PPS, including the Special Education Stakeholders Steering Committee, and the Computer Assisted IEP Project Teacher User Group. She is also a teacher trainer for the PPS Investigations Math Adoption, and IEP-MS, and is an instructor for “Math-Their-Way For Special Educators.”
For two years, Paula received the Outstanding Special Educator Award from the East Multnomah County Council for Exceptional Children. A native Oregonian, Paula received a bachelor of science in education from the Oregon College of Education, and a master of science in education from Western Oregon State College.
“I was already using incentives to boost academics, but The Shadow Project is different,” said Paula. “I like the formality of sitting down with the children one day each month to set goals, and then to reward them for achieving their goals.”