Paula graduated from Warner High School in 1976 and earned a scholarship in music to Connors State College. After a successful music experience as part of an opening act for several famous groups, she received her Associate of Arts in Music in 1978. After graduating from Connors, she attended Northeastern State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Music Education in 1981.
After graduation she married Pete Hiseley, a math teacher and coach. Following her husband’s career, she taught in six different school districts – Ketchum, Chouteau, Jay, Pawhuska, Vinita, and full circle back Warner for her 35th year of teaching. At three different school district she was voted “Teacher of the Year,” including Chouteau, Pawhuska, and Vinita. She has a firm belief that music can help all students learn.
She has been the leader in each community by creating and implementing an annual fine arts festival showcasing students; taking student to perform as opening acts at Branson for fifteen years, having dozens of students qualify for Oklahoma All-State Honor Choir and even one student qualify for National Honor Choir. Besides teaching in public schools, she has taught private voice and piano lessons; created and implemented “Camp of Dreams” with Oklahoma artist Elizabeth Montgomery, accompanied Church Choirs, directed church children/youth choirs, led worship at women’s ministry in Oklahoma and Missouri, sang in a Christian trio, helped Second Chance and even help launch a New Life Network Church.