Early Childhood Education

Faculty

Paula Arrowood

e-mail: parrowood@wpcc.edu

Photo of Paula Arrowood with her children

Paula Arrowood with her children

My name is Paula Arrowood. I have two teenage children, one in high school and the other in middle school. Needless to say, the majority of my “non-working” hours are spent driving them to and from their countless social events and supporting their love of sports (basketball, cheerleading, and soccer). When possible, I enjoy reading and spending time with friends. I have family on the coast, so I also enjoy getaways to the beach as often as possible!

My journey in the field of education began over twenty years ago as a first grade teacher in Burke County.After only a few years of teaching, I developed a love of literacy instruction, especially with struggling readers. It was this love that prompted my completion of a Master’s Degree in Reading Education and Learning Disabilities. During my years as an elementary teacher, I taught first, second, and fifth grades, and after obtaining National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist, I was asked to give preschool special education a try. While I immediately fell in love with preschool-aged children, the teaching position was well out of my comfort zone! I quickly began reading and researching about instruction and development in the early years and attending as much professional development as possible, ultimately gaining my Birth-to-Kindergarten Certification. Since first entering this arena, I have worked in a variety of roles across several different settings.

My current position is Preschool Instructional Facilitator for Caldwell County Schools. In this role, I as regularly serve as a district trainer, SEFEL coach, peer evaluator, ECERS-R coach, Autism evaluator and provider of general, on-going teacher support, for both school and community-based classrooms. I still carry my love of literacy instruction and feel strongly about empowering young children to see themselves as readers and writers.  Early childhood education has become what I anticipate to be a life-long passion, and I am so excited about the opportunity to inspire other adults who are just beginning their teaching journey!

 

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