Determined to increase awareness on healthy food and nutrition, she started teaching as Italian language and Chef Instructor at The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, and then at Chabam Educational Center, where she taught for several years. As Chef Instructor and Student Chef Supervisor, Paola coordinated menu development, recipe analysis, staff scheduling, and food preparation techniques. In 2007, she was the leading chef assistant in food preparation activities for Simply Gourmet episodes by The Learning Channel.
Prior to that, she was a cooking demonstrator at the Home & Garden Show in Cleveland, Ohio, the Big Food Show in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Wine & Food Show in New York City, NY.
Paola also worked as a professor of Italian Culture and Language at Lake Erie College, in Painesville OH, and at Cuyahoga Community College, in Parma OH, where she enjoyed educating students in a global context, while encouraging knowledge and respect for cultural diversity.