Paulette has over 25 years of experience working with technology in education.  She has held positions with Toshiba, Okidata, American Power Conversion and Intelligent Papers.  Currently she is the Director of Partnerships for Gooru, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to honor the human right to education.  Gooru has created a free learning navigator for teachers to organize web resources into lessons so that students can learn their way.   

Paulette is very active in the education and nonprofit communities.  In 2012, she was elected to the Escondido Union School District Board of Education.  She served as the President of the board in 2015.   Paulette served as a member of the Association of Teacher Educator’s Standing Committee on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education, as a board member for the College of Borrego and as President for the Escondido Education Foundation.  

In addition to her technology and volunteer background, Paulette has served 9 years in the U.S. Army and was deployed during Desert Storm.  


Paulette grew up in Escondido, CA, and attended Escondido Public Schools.  She is married to her husband John Donnellon and they have 2 boys, Michael and Kevin.  In her spare time, Paulette enjoys baking and spending time exploring the desert.


Involvement includes:


  •  Current Trustee, Escondido Union School District Board of Education
  •  President, Escondido Union School District Board of Education 2015
  •  Escondido Education Foundation –  Past President
  • The Association of Teacher Educator’s Standing Committee on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education (2009-2011)
  • College of Borrego – Past Board Trustee (2010-2011)
  • Project eXcellence - Volunteer (2004-2008)
  • Member, Rotary Club, Escondido, 2012- Present
  • California School Boards Association
  • California Women Lead


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Paulette Donnellon

San Diego County Board

of Education, District 4