Hayes, Paula

I joined our staff as an ESL teacher for the 2016-2017 school year but have been with Buncombe County Schools since 2011.  I began as an Instructional Assistant at Woodfin Elementary and then became a Title I Assistant at SHV.  I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Religion and TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) and from Western Carolina University with a Master's Degree in TESOL.  

Although I didn't grow up in Buncombe County (I'm from Michigan!) I moved to the mountains to enjoy the beautiful landscape, the mild weather, and the friendly culture that includes organic growing and outdoor adventures.  My teaching philosophy is simple: to create a fun, dynamic environment in which English learners can grow and enjoy the English language!  I'm grateful to work with immigrant families whose passion and hard work have a positive influence on the success of our children and our community.