Author Chloe JonPaul is fond of saying that some of her proudest accomplishments have happened since the age of 50. As a teacher, she inspired the love of learning in many of her students. She continued her own learning while she was a teacher and was awarded a Fulbright Seminars Abroad Fellowship to South Africa (1996), where she and other U.S. fellows expanded their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of South Africa during the post apartheid period. Her travel to many interesting places has given her familiarity with foreign languages and the difficulty students have to learn English as a second language. This knowledge was the foundation of her newest book, "The Untold Story of the Alphabet". She currently enjoys working with refugee students on their English acquisition at Montello Elementary School.
Chloe has also been an active volunteer and advocate for seniors. When faced with the daunting task of caring for her aging parents, she was inspired to write her first book, "What Happens Next? A Family Guide to Nursing Home Visits." She became a Maryland representative for the National Family Caregivers Association’s caregiver community action network in 2006 to 2008. She also has served as an advisory board member on the Healthcare Commission and Interagency Commission for Aging Services in the Maryland Department of Aging. This commission provides statewide leadership on diverse senior issues and advocates for practical solutions.
Her public policy experience also includes a year as an intern during the Maryland Legislative session (2005) after graduating from the Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy. This training is for Maryland residents age 50+ as they transition from paid careers to volunteer positions and guides graduates to help address state challenges.
Chloe has a deep commitment to her faith, often helping those in need who have no one else to help them. She coordinated a Good Samaritan Project at her church and has spent time with hospice patients and homeless shelter residents. She is a lector and eucharistic minister at her church and brings the holy eucharist to homebound congregants. She is also a volunteer at a local nursing home (d’Youville Pavilion) and the YMCA.
A memorable experience in Chloe's travels is participating in an Alternatives to Violence conference in New Zealand. She introduced AVP and was lead facilitator in prisons in the Baltimore area. She is available for workshops on conflict resolution.
Chloe JonPaul continues to write essays which have been recently featured in Maine Seniors Magazine and online with the National Association for Baby Boomer Women.
Her desire to help people to help themselves led her to donate to Unbound, a program which provides education for children and empowers families around the world. She sponsors two children in the Philippines.