Paul Arnold



Paul Arnold’s career in edu­ca­tion spans a remark­able 38 years, char­ac­ter­ized by a jour­ney from a high school Eng­lish teacher and coach to a ded­i­cat­ed school admin­is­tra­tor. He spent 11 years in the class­room and 27 years in school lead­er­ship, includ­ing 8 years as the Prin­ci­pal of Durham High School and 8 years as the Superintendent/​Principal at Ban­gor Union Ele­men­tary, where he made a last­ing impact.

Paul earned a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Eng­lish with a minor in Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion from Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty. Lat­er, he com­plet­ed his edu­ca­tion with a Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Coun­sel­ing Psy­chol­o­gy. His cre­den­tials include cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in sec­ondary teach­ing, coun­sel­ing, and administration.

Dur­ing his lat­er years in edu­ca­tion, Paul worked in ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools, gain­ing a pro­found appre­ci­a­tion for ear­ly inter­ven­tions. He secured a grant from First Five to estab­lish a preschool pro­gram in south­ern Butte Coun­ty, rein­forc­ing his com­mit­ment to nur­tur­ing young minds.

Paul’s life took a sig­nif­i­cant turn as he faced the chal­lenges of the Camp Fire dis­as­ter while resid­ing in Par­adise. Today, he resides in Chico and draws strength from his fam­i­ly, includ­ing his five chil­dren, six grand­chil­dren, and his loy­al com­pan­ions Deasy and Fiona. His expe­ri­ences as a sin­gle par­ent and sup­port­ing a daugh­ter through post­par­tum depres­sion have enriched his under­stand­ing of life’s trials.

In his retire­ment, Paul remains involved in edu­ca­tion by tak­ing on inter­im and sub­sti­tute school admin­is­tra­tive roles in Butte Coun­ty. He also ded­i­cates his time to sup­port­ing sur­vivors of nat­ur­al dis­as­ters, engag­ing in polit­i­cal activ­i­ties, advo­cat­ing for pol­i­cy­hold­ers’ rights, and serv­ing as a ded­i­cat­ed Court Appoint­ed Spe­cial Advo­cate (CASA) for chil­dren in need. Paul’s per­son­al expe­ri­ence with child­hood trau­ma dri­ves his pas­sion for reach­ing and sup­port­ing chil­dren dur­ing their for­ma­tive years, mak­ing him a hum­ble advo­cate for ear­ly inter­ven­tion and com­mu­ni­ty resilience.