Paula graduated from Lake Erie College with a major in health and physical education, specializing in grades seven through 12. While at Lake Erie, she competed for the field hockey team under head coach Kay Shaw from 1974-1977, and was MVP of the 1977 squad. She was starting goalkeeper for the team all four years, and was named co-captain from 1976-1977. Paula was also a member of the lacrosse team throughout her time at LEC.
Paula was involved in the following co-curricular activities while she was a student: she taught swimming and worked as a lifeguard at Central YMCA, she was a Red Cross Volunteer, and she taught riding at Roosevelt- Firebird Stables. On campus, she was a member of the Avery Dorm Council.
Paula taught health and physical education and coached varsity field hockey and lacrosse at Andrews School for a number of years. She received her United States Field Hockey Association Level One Coaching Certification and coached at Sauk Valley Field Hockey camps. She was a member of the National Executive Board of the United States Women’s Lacrosse Association from 1988-1994 and was founding president of the National Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association in 1992.
Paula was named to the Ohio US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1996, and she was an Ellis School Athletic Hall of Fame recipient in 2002. In addition, she was president of the Midwest Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association from 1987-1994 and she coached the Midwest Schoolgirls team at the National tournament in 1994, and 1998.
The Lake Erie College Athletic Hall of Fame Committee recognizes all the athletic achievements and extracurricular contributions by Paula Dreibelbis Jackson with induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.