Irvin, Paul (Social Studies)

Welcome to my Classroom!
Mr. Paul Irvin, M.A. Ed.,  Civics & Economic and Personal Finance (EPF) Teacher, Mock Trial Team coach & National Honor Society Sponsor.

Contact:  or Tel. 828-271-4523

Italy 2022


Ready to travel again? Interested in attending gladiator school and learning to cook an Italian meal while exploring the history and culture of Rome, Assisi and Florence? Mr. Irvin is planning a student trip to Italy in June, 2022. Space is limited  Additional information can also be found on the trip web page

All interested families are encouraged to contact Mr. Irvin  to learn more about this fantastic opportunity.


Greece 2023

Imagine traveling to Athens - the “cradle of western civilization” and the home of ancient Greek mythology.  Explore the ancient sites of the Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Apollo, and the home of Poseidon. Cruise the

Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina and experience the fun of an interactive Greek dinner and dance. Interested in joining the group? Mr. Irvin will be leading a 10-day trip to Greece in early summer 2023.

For more information, contact Mr. Irvin.


Phone: 828-271-4523

(This is not an NDA sponsored event)

Paul Irvin

I was born in Maryland and raised in Washington, D.C.. In addition to teaching high school for over 17 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 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 seventh 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