Irvin, Paul (Social Studies)

Welcome to my Classroom!
Mr. Paul Irvin, M.A. Ed., Honors U.S. History II & Honors Civics Teacher, Mock Trial Team coach & National Honor Society Sponsor.

Contact:  or Tel. 828-271-4523

Meet the teacher videos can be found on the designated page.

Virtual Days Information

My office hours are 2:00-3:30 school days.

Assignments will be managed using Canvas. Students should check there regularly for updates.

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Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Additional  information and resources related to "Plan B and Beyond" can be found on the virtual learning page. 

Paul Irvin

I was born in Maryland and raised in Washington, D.C.. In addition to teaching high school for over 15 years, I've worked as a firefighter and as a TV news director, both in Washington, D.C.. During my TV news career, I was fortunate to have won two Emmy Awards. I earned my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies and M.A. Ed. (adolescent behavior), both at the College of Education, University of Maryland.

I'm currently working on National Board Certification and expect to complete the program by the end of 2020.

I'm married to a special educator, have three daughters, and live in Buncombe County. I'm an avid boater -- power and sail, and have raced sailboats, having won the prestigious Governor's Cup a few years ago. In my spare time, I enjoy watching my youngest play softball, playing with our two cats and two dogs, practicing photography, and listening to a wide and diverse collection of music. 
I'm thrilled to be teaching my sixth year at Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy. I am also honored to have been named both NDA and district 2018-19 Teacher of the Year.  I have a passion for teaching high school, love life's connections to history and enjoy sharing that experience with our students!

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened!" -- Dr. SeussSocial Studies