Paula has a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in Spanish from Calvin College. She has an M.S. in mathematics from Purdue University and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Texas, Arlington. She and her husband, Mark, served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Colombia, S.A., for about seven years. Paula homeschooled their daughter, Andrea, who graduated in May 2014. Paula has done private tutoring and tutoring for several years with Classical Conversations in Foundations, math, and Latin I. She has been the debate club facilitator since 2011.