Paulina Flores

Deputy director, collaboration and learning

Like many immigrants, Paulina Flores’ parents believed that the path to a better future lay in education. This belief is the driving force in her desire to create more equitable and systemic educational opportunities for students in historically underserved communities.

Paulina, a former middle school principal in Raleigh, N.C., started her education career as a teenager. She tutored younger students while she was in middle school and worked during summer vacation with the Breakthrough Collaborative. Paulina worked with first-generation college-bound students as the head of residential life at Eastside College Prep and most recently worked at KIPP Los Angeles as associate director of operations.

Paulina has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, and a master’s of business administration from Mills College. She is a 2017 graduate of The Broad Residency in Urban Education and now leads the team that creates programming for her fellow alumni.

She is an avid runner and volunteers as a board member for Self Help Graphics & Art, an LA organization that promotes Latino artists.

More about Paulina

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher was my Kindergarten teacher, Teacher Cindy.  We started the year with a different substitute teacher every week until Teacher Cindy was hired as our permanent teacher a few weeks into the school year. She created a welcoming and community building atmosphere.  She was always caring and patient with every student. Before teacher Cindy, I hated going to school but she planted the seed for my love of learning and I will never forget her love for students!

What are people often surprised to learn about you?

People are often surprised to learn that I only recently became a citizen, voting for the first time in the 2012 election. I’ve voted in every local, state and federal election since then and love learning and talking about politics.

Articles by Paulina

Behind-the-scenes: school operations, The Broad Center Blog, August 14, 2018

The day has come for most districts across the country: backpacks are on, lessons are ready and students are eagerly arriving to their first day of school. The first thing Paulina Flores thinks about is everything that had to happen behind-the-scenes building up to this first day. Read more in her blog post about the behind-the-scenes operations heroes around the country who helped make this first day of school a great one for our students. Read more.

Building a community of practitioners, The Broad Center Blog, July 11, 2018

Through our Emerging Practices Exchange, alumni and their colleagues are able to collaborate with each other to candidly share their emerging strategies, spotlighting new practices, highlighting new overlaps and hopefully leading to new friends and partners in the work.  Check out the work Paulina Flores and the Alumni and Network Impact team does to create an exceptional experience for our alumni. Read more.