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Adam Paulson CA

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Adam Paulson CA

Adam Paulson, CA, is a school administrator who cares deeply about students, school culture, and continuous improvement within school communities. As an educational leader, Adam is student-focused and passionate about school culture and strives to build systems of continuous improvement. He is also interested in curriculum design, school funding inequalities, and the organization of educational systems. He believes in serving “every student, every day.” 

For his undergraduate education, Adam Paulson attended the University of Colorado School of Arts and Sciences. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. He then went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Education Administration from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology in Los Angeles, CA.

Adam Paulson is currently in the process of completing his doctoral degree from San Francisco State University. He is writing a dissertation entitled “Comparing Blended and Traditional Face-to-Face Learning: A Mixed Methods Study on the Experiences of Historically Underrepresented High School Students.”

In his studies and his work, Adam Paulson, CA, is very interested in educational technology and the role that technology plays in the teaching and learning process. He has been researching blended learning (the mix of online and in-school learning) for the last three years through his doctoral program at SFSU. With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the topic of blended learning has become increasingly relevant as schools grapple with how to move forward within current guidelines. He believes that blended learning and project-based learning with both play significant roles in the future of our educational system. 

Adam Paulson began his career in education as a paraprofessional, assisting students with severe needs, including cerebral palsy and autism. He also worked as a project-based learning teacher in the Denver Public School System before relocating to CA.

After moving to CA, Adam Paulson worked as a history teacher for Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District. During this time, Adam served as the administrator for a Saturday School program with the goal of improving CST math and English scores for students whose scores were in the below proficient range. He also designed and implemented a professional development series to improve teachers’ overall technology skills and increase technology usage. 

Adam Paulson’s first job as a principal was at Arundel Elementary School in San Carlos, CA. In this role, Adam supervised 515 students, 23 teachers, and 15 classified staff. He provided leadership on curriculum and instruction, enrollment, discipline, evaluation, ELD services, staff collaboration, school culture, and community engagement. During his tenure, API scores for the school improved significantly. 

Most recently, Adam Paulson served as the principal of Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, CA. His notable accomplishments during his time there included leading the school leadership team through a new WASC cycle to establish critical learner outcomes. He also helped to create a new school vision and mission. Furthermore, Adam heightened awareness of social justice and equity issues with school leadership through learning strands, leadership meetings, and teacher evaluations.

Outside of work and school, Adam Paulson enjoys cooking, hiking, and playing guitar.