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. I am also chairman of our School Improvement Team.
Contact:  or Tel. 828-271-4523
Virtual Days Information
My office hours are 9-11AM & 1PM-3PM school days.

Assignments will be managed using Canvas. Students should check there regularly for updates. I will also send out a class "Remind" as new assignments are posted.

The best means to contact me is during office hours via email:

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Together we're going to get through this and I am committed to making our virtual experience a meaningful one. 

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 fifth year at Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy. I am also honored to have been named both NDA's 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