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Paula Cordeiro
Biographical Information

Paula grew up in New England and is a for­mer teacher, principal and school director in international, bilingual schools in Venezuela and Spain.  She holds a BS in education from Bridgewater State University, an M.Ed. in TESOL from Rhode Island College and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Uni­versity of Houston, Texas.  She is currently the Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Education at the University of San Diego. Paula served as dean of USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) from 1998 to 2016. She is the author of three books and in 2012 completed the 5th edition of her co-authored textbook Educational Leadership: A Bridge to Improved Practice. Paula is a board member of the James Irvine Foundation (San Francisco), the USS Midway Museum (San Diego), the Community Technical Assistance Center (Boston) and the New Bedford Whaling Museum (Massachusetts). She also serves on the Advisory Boards of the MANA, Barrio Logan College Institute, The San DIego Children's Center, and Nativity Prep Academy.   Paula is currently a faculty member in the Kroc School of Peace Studies and works internationally in education development, school leader training and micro-lending in Africa.