Paula Wilkes

Paula Wilkes, Associate Professor of Education. (Courtesy Photo)

Full Circle

During her 34 years as a teacher, Education Professor Paula Wilkes has had the unique experience of watching one young boy’s transition from student to teacher.

Wilkes who taught for 25 years in public schools and spent nine with Pacific’s College of Education, retires at the end of the 2011 academic year.

One of the highlights of Wilkes’ career was when Eric Wright, one of her previous elementary school students, came to Pacific’s College of Education to become a teacher himself.

Later, Wilkes was involved in a research study that took place in a middle school classroom, taught by Wright. It was one of the highlights of her career to see “the development of a student from young boy to accomplished teacher.”

“Without a doubt, it is the relationships I will miss the most. The people I work with are my friends, and I enjoy the support and intellectual stimulation I’ve experienced while working at the Eugene campus. I will also miss the relationships I’ve developed with our teacher candidates. I am impressed by the passion they bring to our teacher training program, and I will miss knowing I was having an impact on the next generation of educators.”

-- Ashleigh Simons '12