About MESA

About the Director

Ms. Paula H. Shelton is an experienced instructor, educational leader, and administrator. She excels at creating learning environments in multi-cultural settings via the innovative integration of technology and multimedia. She uses the 20th century instructional methodology as a platform to launch students into the 21st century through authentic learning. She has provides guidance to teachers and administrators on transforming outcome objectives in science, mathematics, and language arts by seamlessly imbedding technology across the curriculum. She has demonstrated success in customizing learning programs for students in all grades and performance levels. Additionally, she has built positive working partnerships and relationships with administrators, parents, and students.

Ms. Shelton joined The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) in September 2008 as the Executive Director of the Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) Program. Maryland MESA, a structured kindergarten through twelfth grade precollege Program, is designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in fields involving mathematics and science. The Program’s goals are to 1) increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and related professionals in technical and management positions in the workforce; and 2) serve as a driving force in encouraging and assisting minorities and females in achieving success in these fields. Since joining the MESA Program, Ms. Shelton has identified and resolved gaps in the Program’s curriculum, incorporated the use of technology to measure the impact of the Program on math and science achievement in the classroom, and established an effective approach for preparing a diversified pipeline into the future workforce of the JHU/APL.

Ms. Shelton received a Bachelor of Science from Howard University and a Master’s in Educational Technology from UMUC. She has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and leadership to include:

Most Innovative Teaching Award (2001)
Phi Delta Kappa International Educational Travel Award (2001)
Who’s Who Among Teachers ( 2006-07)
Outstanding Service Teaching Award (2004-07)
Outstanding Service National Society of Black Engineers (2005-07)
Benjamin Banneker Youth Organization Award (2008)
Black Engineer of the Year Award for K-12 Promotion of STEM (2011)
National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers President’s Award (2012)