Since 1999, Paula Quinn has been evaluating education-related programs at federal, state, and local levels. These programs have involved educators, administrators, and students from early education settings through higher education institutions. Her work capitalizes on her deep desire to have a positive impact in the field of education; the enjoyment she receives from collaborating with others; and her love of research methods, research design, and statistics that she developed while earning an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Clark University and a B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.
Paula has worked on evaluation projects whose funding sources included the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Davis Educational Foundation, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The projects have focused around the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); pre-literacy and literacy; student life; project-based learning; learning communities; and professional development. Evaluation targets included student achievement and performance, student and faculty perceptions and attitudes, and changes in teacher knowledge and classroom practice.