Paulyn J. Church has over 35 years of experience as an educator, therapist, personal and professional coach. She loves to help people find their purpose in life — their personal vision — and to help them reach their full potential. Born in Jamaica, West Indies, Paulyn received a General Science degree from The University of the West Indies. She also has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College (IL).
Paulyn has taught and worked in administrative roles at Munro College (Jamaica), The Stony Brook School (NY), and Covenant Christian Academy (MA). She is passionate about facilitating growth in students and adults alike, helping them develop effective problem solving strategies as they work to realize their full potential. Paulyn currently lives and works in the Boston area.
As an experienced educator, she has worked in secondary schools in both the United States and the West Indies, and has worked for the College Board as a National Reader for the A.P. Psychology exam for almost a decade. Paulyn enjoys seeing students come to the realization that they are more academically and intellectually capable than they think. Her goal in teaching is to help students love learning, in addition to growing in knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world in which they live, and to be good stewards of the gifts and opportunities they are given. She sees each student as a unique individual with a unique brain and and specific approach to learning. She believes that one role of the teacher is to help each student understand himself or herself as a unique learner and to maximize their strengths in the process. She has especially enjoyed teaching Psychology.
As a counselor, Paulyn has worked with adults and adolescents. She served as the School Counselor at The Stony Brook School for 15 years, developing a program that used a wholistic approach and was proactive in identifying students at risk, ensuring that they had the necessary help and support they needed. She also helped to create an environment in which students needing academic support could receive it in a caring, accepting context, while discovering how they best learn.
Paulyn has experience as a personal and professional coach as a Certified Highlands Affiliate with the Highlands Company for over 10 years. The Highlands Ability Battery helps people identify their personal abilities and gives them strategies for maximizing their strengths. She uses the Highlands Ability Battery to help individuals identify their natural abilities and explore how those affect their personal style, learning, communication, problem solving and leadership styles. She helps students explore possible college and career options, based on their abilities, and helps adults explore their options as they transition through their career development cycle.