Bonnie E. Paull is a professor emeritus in English from the College of Alameda in California. In addition to her 40 years as a classroom teacher, she has been a dean of students, consultant, writer, researcher, and public speaker.

During her years as a teacher, Ms. Paull wrote and published articles, poems, and books, reflecting her teaching experiences and her study of the history of education. Her concern for the declining quality of education, particularly in the basics, led her to establishing an award winning program for students called “The Little Red Schoolhouse for Adults.” Here her college students were able to study and learn their missing basics. Another product of her research was a PowerPoint presentation, “What Happened to American Reading?” She received the E. Harris Harbison Award for Gifted Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award from the Peralta Community College District and the Excellence Award from The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, University of Texas at Austin.

Now, in her retirement, Ms. Paull has more time to devote to research, writing, and to studying music, another passion. “As much as I love good fiction, my interest as a writer is in telling real stories of real people who by their courage and persistence overcame obstacles and achieved their goals in life. They inspire us to reach for the stars.” Her most recent book, Lincoln’s Springfield Neighborhood, published by The History Press, reflects this interest.

Ms. Paull grew up in northern Minnesota, the daughter of a writer and labor lawyer. Her father was known as “the attorney for the people” and his hero was Abraham Lincoln whose portrait hung in their Duluth home. Ms. Paull is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Elijah Lovejoy Association, and AARP.

Lincoln's Springfield Neighborhood

When an emotional Abraham Lincoln took leave of his Springfield neighbors, never to return, his moving tribute to the town and its people reflected their profound influence on the newly elected president. His old neighborhood still stands today as a National Historic Site. Journey back in time and meet this diverse but harmonious community as it participated in the business of everyday living while gradually playing a larger role on the national stage.
The book has been nominated for Gettysburg College's Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for 2016.

Published Biographies

LINCOLN'S SPRINGFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD. Co-authored with Richard E. Hart. The History Press.

THE CROOKED JOURNEY: The Story of a Woman's Fight against Scoliosis. A 300-page biography of a College of Alameda student. Rima Press. Co-authored with Louise Sohrabi.

Published Articles & Poetry

"Say Something in English," JUNIOR COLLEGE JOURNAL. Received the Edpress Award for Feature Writing.

"Coming of Age in Blackness," INTEGRATED EDUCATION.

"Someday We'll Climb in Deeper," a Study of the Experiential Arts Program at Merritt College, Oakland, CA. Self-Published.

Poetry published in JEWISH CURRENTS and POETRY VOICES of 1969.

Published Textbooks

WILL THE REAL TEACHER PLEASE STAND UP, a Humanistic Primer in Education. Co-authored with Mary C. Greer. Goodyear Publishing Company. Inc.

WINNING WITH GRAMMAR, Basic Workbook 1. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

WINNING WITH GRAMMAR, Basic Workbook 2. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

WINNING WITH WORDS, an Introduction to the Dictionary. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

WINNING WITH WRITING: A New Approach. Co-Authored with Carlynn McCormick. Word Corner Press.


"Lincoln's Springfield Neighborhood" was nominated in 2016 for The Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and Gettysburg College. It is awarded annually for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War soldier, or the American Civil War era.


Interview on "Lincoln's Springfield Neighborhood" by Patzi Gil on her program "Joy on Paper." Click the link to listen to the interview: