Paula grew up in Stafford County Virginia, attended Stafford High School and graduated from Longwood University with a BS in Physical Education. While teaching at Falmouth Elementary School in Stafford, she earned a MS in Administration from Virginia Tech. After completion of a degree in Counselor Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, she became Director of Counseling at T. Benton Gayle Middle School in Stafford, Virginia. She remained there until her retirement in 2006.
Paula has served as a Big Sister and was on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She has served on the boards of the Rappahannock YMCA and the Stafford Jaycees. She is a Paul Harris Fellow in the Stafford Rotary and currently serves on the board of the Fredericksburg Area Youth Development Foundation. She is a member of the Fredericksburg Field Hockey Association, and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She currently volunteers with fundraising for Stafford High School Athletes.
Paula has a passion for people and loves talking to the hundreds of children she taught over her 30 plus years in education.