Paula Houghton is Director of Special Projects, involved in a wide range of activities across all departments – from conference planning and development to marketing and communications. Paula spent 16 years in adult education where she taught writing, quantitative reasoning, and English as a Second Language – and advocated for the smart implementation of online tools for the classroom. She earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in Linguistics, Education, and Language Acquisition, while her PhD in Linguistics and Cognitive Science is from Rutgers University.
Paula is a key member of the Beyond School Hours planning team and was responsible for spearheading the new mobile app used at the conference in 2019. She is extremely excited about the 2020 app! In her free time, Paula loves to hike and play tabletop games with her daughter Zelda and husband Patrick. Paula loves a challenge and is most excited when her work involves juggling several unrelated balls at once. Her passion for education dates back as far as she can remember, when she would make her younger brother play school at home during snow days.