Rebecca Paulson Stone ’03
The American Institute for Research (AIR)
B.A. in French and Spanish, Wofford College (2003)
M.Ed. in International Education, University of Massachusetts (2008)
Ed.D. in Education Policy and Leadership with a specialization in literacy education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2012)
Paulson joined the Peace Corps immediately after graduating from Wofford. She spent two years in Dakoro, Niger, working on la scolarisation des filles or “girls education.” In Niger, only eight percent of females are literate. Paulson’s mission was to visit villages throughout the region, convincing them of the importance of sending their girls and young women to school.
In 2006 after completing her Peace Corps assignment, Paulson was offered a full, 20-hour assistantship from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She went on to earn M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees while advising students studying abroad in Australia, West Africa or the Middle East. Over the past three years she has done research or worked in Niger, Mali, Benin, Senegal, The Gambia, Tunisia and Brazil. Paulson’s current work as a literacy specialist involves the design and implementation of a remedial reading program for primary school children in Egypt.