West Charlotte High School


Paula Cook is the Assistant Principal of Instruction at West Charlotte High School. She has worked for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools since 2003, following careers as a sales representative for IBM, Corp and a flight attendant for United Airlines.

At West Charlotte High School, Paula leads multiple teams of educators, developing and building capacity in Data-Driven Instruction, Coaching and Feedback, Professional Development and School Culture. Having been a former special education teacher, Paula has a steadfast belief that all students are capable of learning and deserve access to every educational opportunity available. She is a strong proponent of Twice-Exceptional (2e) students and is very passionate about ensuring that adequate knowledge and professional training on 2e is being provided to all education professionals and within all educational institutions. She is the mother of three boys, one of which is currently a 10th grade IB student at West Charlotte High School.

Paula received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Teaching degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an NC Administrator’s license, also from the University at North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

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