Paula Bordenkecher began her career in print and broadcast journalism in North Carolina and moved to the Washington Metro area to continue journalism. She served as co host and producer of a morning show in Baltimore, MD, at Radio One. Following several years of freelancing and television on and off camera work, she began volunteering with teens in urban areas of Washington DC. Eager to get them excited about reading and writing, she created and edited a youth magazine where students were able to voice concerns about issues in their neighborhoods from violence to teenage pregnancies. The magazine had a circulation that spanned 4 states on the east coast.
Her work with teens led her to the D.C. public charter school system where she served for nearly a decade teaching 8th and 9th grade English Literature and Journalism. She also chaired the English department for 5 years. For the last 2 years, Paula worked with the D.C. Charter Board and the Transatlantic School Innovation Alliance as a teacher researcher and lead practitioner. Her research focused on the effects of project based learning on reading skill acquisition and increased interest level in 9th grade students.