Edna-May Paulson

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The library at the Galvin Middle School is named the Edna-May Paulson Library. But who was Edna-May Paulson?

Miss Paulson taught in the Wakefield school system for 46 years, at the Woodville School, the Franklin School and later at Atwell Junior High School in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

She was born in Leominster on September 1, 1905, the daughter of Carl and Eva (Johnson) Paulson. After graduating from Leominster High School and Fitchburg State Teachers’ College, Miss Paulson began her teaching career at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham. She began teaching in Wakefield in 1926, under the administration of Superintendent Willard B. Atwell, for whom the Atwell School was named.

She taught at the Woodville School on Farm Street until 1930 when she transferred to the Franklin School on Nahant Street. In 1965, she joined the faculty at the Junior High School, teaching mathematics until her retirement in 1972.

At their meeting of May 9, 1972, the Wakefield School Committee voted unanimously to name the library at the Junior High School for Miss Edna-May Paulson “in recognition of her many years of dedicated service to the educational welfare of our community.” Now known as the Galvin Middle School, the school’s library still bears Miss Paulson’s name.

A 1972 story in the Wakefield Daily Item on her retirement noted “merriment, music and mirth marked a most unusual retirement party held in honor of Miss Edna-May Paulson at the Ship.” (The “Ship” was a popular restaurant/function facility on Route 1 in Saugus, Massachusetts.)

She resided for many years at 42 Wave Avenue in Wakefield. Edna-May Paulson died in Leominster on Monday, February 1, 1993 at age 87.