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

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 and discounts will be offered during the initial sign-up period. An organizational zoom meeting will be held at 7:30 on Thursday, April 22nd. To join the zoom go HERE. Additional information can also be found on the trip web page

All interested families are encouraged to join the zoom meeting or contact Mr. Irvin  to learn more about this fantastic opportunity.

Zoom Meeting 7:30 4/22/21

Meeting ID: 870 6277 3195
Passcode: 805411


Phone: 828-271-4523

(This is not an NDA sponsored event)

Return to Learn Class Information

Assignments and zoom links 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 "Return to Learn" 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 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