Second grade teacher Paula Green has been teaching for 21 years with the last 16 years being at GRACE. After teaching in the public schools, Paula was happy to make the switch to GRACE because she wanted to share my faith with the children while teaching. Paula doesn’t think education can be or should be separated from your faith. She says, “We are so blessed to live in a place where we can freely share our faith, why would I not want to use that blessing in the most maximized way possible? It is my desire to see the next generation serving the Lord and leading others to Him in every walk of life.”
When asked to share a memory from her own 2nd grade year, Paula remembers that her class took a trip to a farm where they found and cut down a Christmas tree. They brought it back to school and her teacher, Mrs. Seviers, put it up in the middle of the classroom. The students all arranged their desks in a circle around the tree. It was the most magical time she can remember having at school!
Paula’s favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” After Paula came to know Jesus as her Savior, this verse became very meaningful to her. She knew that her focus must be on Him or she would be drawn away by the things around her. Paula admits that she easily gets distracted and hyper-focus on things that need to be done. This verse is an important reminder of where her focus should remain. Another favorite is Psalm 139. This psalm speaks to Paula’s heart reminding her of how omnipotent and sovereign God is.
Paula grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee with two brothers that were a lot older than her (12 and 14 years), so she admits to being the spoiled baby princess. She has two nieces and a nephew who were much closer to her age and who spent a lot of time at her house growing up – so much so that they seem like siblings to her. Something you might not know about Paula is that she is a painter! She enjoys both painting pictures to hang on walls and painting pictures directly on the wall.
Paula met her husband, John, when she was in middle school. They were summertime friends and began dating during her senior year in high school. They’ve been married for thirty years, and have two children who both graduated from GRACE. Paula enjoys seeing their daughter around campus as she is the Varsity Girls Basketball coach!