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Paula O’Loughlin, Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning

Paula O’Loughlin is the Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning at Equity Alliance MN. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Paula was six months old when she came to the United States where she was adopted by her parents who raised her and her brothers in Woodbury, Minnesota. Paula’s lived experiences as an Asian-American adoptee, student, educator, school board member, and mother continue to shape and inform how she can best contribute to a just and equitable school system where every child can be seen, heard, and understood for exactly who they are. Paula’s passion for education is fueled by her core values of compassion, integrity, humility, belonging, and forgiveness, and she is truly blessed to have spent almost 25 years learning and working alongside youth in the educational setting.

Paula began working in the Office of Equity & Integration in the Stillwater Area School district in 2006. There she served in various capacities including the AVID Coordinator, AVID co-teacher, Student Programming Facilitator, and Curriculum Developer which centered the tenets of Culturally Responsive Teaching. Paula also worked concurrently with middle school students as a Youth Program Advisor with EMID (East Metro Integration District, now known as Equity Alliance MN). Most recently Paula served as the Associate Director of Board Development at the Minnesota School Boards Association where she supported school board leadership throughout the state.

Paula served on the Stillwater Area School Board from 2015-2018. She currently serves on the ASDIC Metamorphosis Board of Directors, a non-profit organization committed to creating a racially just society, and volunteers as a racial justice facilitator for both the YWCA-Minneapolis and The Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC). Paula attended New York University and graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education with a Middle School Mathematics Specialty from St. Catherine University. She loves bibimbap, long walks outdoors, meditating, and reading. Paula lives with her family and their Golden Retriever in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

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