Paula has over 34 years of professional education experience. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a PhD in Educational Leadership, Northern Illinois University with a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is a Certified Advanced Nurtured Heart Approach® Trainer and Mentor. She retired from classroom teaching in 2016 and has since committed to sharing the Nurtured Heart Approach® to her clients. As a certified CCS provider, Paula provides individual skills development and is particularly interested in supporting parents and children through the facilitation of Nurtured Heart Approach® groups and home visits. Paula believes that we arrive in this moment based on influences and decisions that we can explore with compassion while cultivating emotional well-being and relationships. She lives and promotes the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a model for being that can guide our reflections and choices regarding relational energy. She approaches mental health with a strength-based focus on inner wealth guided by the three standards of the Nurtured Heart Approach®: No to negativity, Yes to positivity, and Absolutely clear.