Paula received her bachelors degree in physical education from Springfield College. She retired from the Rush Henrietta Central School District after 35 years of teaching elementary physical education. Paula is an active member of NYS AHPERD, the Central Western Zone, EDA and AAHPERD. In service to the Central Western Zone, Paula has been the technology chair for fifteen years and the web manager for the past six years. She served as the Zone conference registrar, the conference photographer, and the Outstanding Physical Education Student chair. Paula is a past president of NYS AHPERD, and a past member of the Board of Directors. She has served on several committees and has been chair of both the Professional of the Year and Distinguished Service Award Committee and the Teacher of the Year Award Committee. Paula is the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart state chairperson, she has presented at national, district, state and zone conferences and has contributed various articles to state, zone and section newsletters. Paula has been honored by NYS AHPERD with the Distinguished Service Award, the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award, the Elementary/Middle School Physical Education Section Amazing Person, and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, Pathfinder Award. It is with great pleasure that the Central Western Zone recognizes Paula Hamada Summit as their 2013 Amazing Person.