Naila Paul

Director of Education

Naila is an educator, program leader, and creative problem solver, skilled at building personal connections and creating opportunities for educational exchange that bring individuals’ strengths to light. At the Refugee Response, she directs the organization’s youth focused programming teams, including Teen Response and the K-8 Youth Mentoring Program, serving the educational needs of resettled refugee youth and families on the near west Side of Cleveland. Since joining the organization in 2015, she has overseen significant growth and creatively expanded resources to ensure high quality of program services for every client, family, and volunteer that engages with TRR.

Prior to joining the Refugee Response, Naila worked as a private language instructor to immigrant families and business professionals from around the globe with IOR Global Services, offering in-home, office-based, and virtual language coaching in English and Spanish. She first entered the world of refugee education in 2013 as an ESL instructor to preliterate and Level 3 adults at the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, a refugee resettlement agency in Houston, Texas. At the same time, she volunteered as a mentor to a refugee family of nine. A language enthusiast, she has both studied and worked at foreign language programs and immersion camps throughout the U.S. including the Middlebury Monterey Language Institute and Oberlin College, and obtained her TESOL training through Oberlin Shansi. Naila graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor's degree in Hispanic Studies and Comparative literature, and minor in Middle East and North African Studies.