Originally from Texas, Paola grew up knowing that her parents worked endlessly in order to provide her with a private Catholic school education that she believes helped her feel empowered and ready to become a first-generation college graduate. She has always loved helping others and knew that she wanted to give back by helping students. Paola has over fourteen years of experience in the field of education and counseling. She began her career teaching elementary aged students and soon became inspired to become a School Counselor to help students reach their own success. Her experience as a School Counselor is primarily with underserved students in Texas public schools. She also worked with junior college students as a Counselor and Academic Advisor. She holds graduate degrees in School Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University, and in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. She is excited to be a member of the family at Cristo Rey and is ready to meet the founding class of students!