Paula Girouard O'Sullivan is an active community member with a passion for public education. She has represented Ward 6 on the Somerville School Committee since January 2017 and is a member of the Educational Programs subcommittee. She believes that all students deserve an excellent education, in every classroom, in every school.
Paula and her husband Dan, Somerville residents since 2002, have three children who attend the Brown and Kennedy schools. She has served on various other school and city committees, including the Brown Site Council, Capuano Site Council, two principal search committees and the Somerville Children & Youth Study Team.
Paula began her professional career with Teach for America, working as an elementary classroom teacher in Houston, Texas. She later spent 10 years with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in roles including analyst, manager and district support specialist. Today, she works with teachers and administrators in Arlington Public Schools. In addition, she has worked as a consultant with the Education Trust and with the Horizons at Greens Farms Academy summer program.
Runs in the Family
Somerville and its schools are part of Paula's family history. She is the third generation in her family to serve the city. Her maternal grandmother was a clerk at City Hall, and her paternal grandfather was music director for the schools. Her mother attended the Cutler Elementary (now West Somerville Neighborhood School) and taught at the Lowe School (now closed) on Morrison Avenue.
In Her Spare Time
An avid runner, Paula has completed two Boston Marathons while raising money for the Run for Research/American Liver Foundation Team. In addition, she is a member of the New England Innocence Project-Running for Innocence team. Outside of running, she enjoys hiking, skiing and reading a good book on the beach.
Paula grew up in Reading, Mass., attending Reading public schools K-12. She holds a bachelor of arts in computer science from Dartmouth College and a master's of education from Stanford University.