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Paula Benton Pierce, MA

Assistant Director



Paula Benton-Pierce is the Assistant Director of the TRIO Student Support Services Program.  Paula is a STEM and Education major with more than 30 years of experience in Engineering, Curriculum and Instruction and Education policies, practices and procedures. Paula started her career as an Electronic Engineer Technician for Motorola, RCA and Zenith before completing a Bachelor’s Degree from Chicago State University, which is where her passion for teaching technology began. While working as a Computer Hardware Engineering Instructor, Paula completed her M.A. in Education and Leadership from Concordia University and continued to teach and train a full range of learners. She has worked with learners of all ages and capacities in courses pertaining to STEM, career development, Curriculum and Instruction, Classroom Management and Database Operations. Paula believes that the key to economic autonomy for students will depend on their ability to learn and apply STEM.