Paula Mitchell incorporated hands on learning from the beginning of her 20+ year career as an educator in Oakland, CA. Paula believes in fostering equity and providing access to high quality educational STEAM programs to historically underserved and underrepresented populations through a focus on culturally responsive making and authentic inclusion for students with disabilities.
Paula is the Fellowship Director for Agency by Design Oakland, which works at the nexus of maker-centered learning, inquiry-based professional development, and teacher leadership in service of student agency. She is also a Teacher on Special Assignment for Maker-Centered Learning at Grass Valley Elementary School. As part of her work, Paula developed her school's very first maker education/project-based learning program and its makerspace, the Wonder Workshop.
In her life outside of school, Paula enjoys making; including dance, jewelry design & fabrication and baking.
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