Paola Davis

Paola has a lifelong passion for teaching that stems from her own childhood experience and the simple observation that although a child may not remember the name or the face of a teacher, their inner self never forgets the positive impact of that relationship. She graduated with a degree in Special Education from the Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences in her native Chile and subsequently received a post-graduate certificate in Language and Speech Disorders from The University of San Andrés. Over the following seven years, she worked in the classroom as a special educator and for a pioneering program that provided public schools with SEITs.

As Paola has encountered new challenges as an educator, she’s sought to continue her pedagogical development through additional study. In 2007, she enrolled at the University of Ramón Llull in Barcelona, Spain, earning a postgraduate certificate in Psychomotor Education. Shortly thereafter she moved with her husband to the United States and gained additional professional experience that has included working in early childhood education as a classroom teacher, working with adolescents with autism and other disabilities, working in impoverished communities as an itinerant teacher, and teaching Spanish to young children in a language-immersion program. In 2018, she cofounded and taught a literacy group for indigenous Mexican women within her son’s school community. This rewarding experience further increased her resolve and refined her focus, and contributed to her decision to obtain a dual master’s degree from Hunter College in Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities from birth-grade 2 with an annotation certificate in Severe/Multiple Disabilities. Paola enjoys traveling with her family, meeting new people, cooking, and reading books.

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Fulfilling Career Choice for Teachers and Leaders.

Haven Staff Member

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Me gusta todo, especialmente la atención y la comunicación que tenemos con los miembros del personal.

Parent

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The staff remembers your face and your child is treated with respect and courtesy. There is nothing but positive reinforcement and encouraging children to be the best.

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The teachers and leaders at this school are the most loving and most dedicated educators in schools. The school feels welcoming and warm. Kids LOVE coming to school and that is an important part of making life long learners.

Haven Staff Member

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I wish I was a kid again, I would have loved to attend Haven Academy.

Haven Staff Member

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With the support of Haven Academy, Principal Nauiokas, and the other teachers and staff, I feel part of a community—one that has the power to change our student's lives for the better.

Eric Lara - Special Ed Teacher

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Me gusta todo de Haven Academy, una de las cosas que tiene mi atención es que la principal de la escuela siempre esta disponible para dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes en la mañanas.

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The second place my kids call home.

Parent