Paul Schneider has been a social studies instructor at Penn Foster since 2013. Paul also serves as the supervisor of the High School Teachers’ Assistants. He previously worked as a social studies teacher at a charter school in Pennsylvania and taught 6th and 9th grade social studies in Maryland public schools. Mr. Schneider has also worked as a college adjunct instructor and tutor for the SAT.
What is your proudest teaching moment?
Here at Penn Foster, I have been able to talk to a number of students who start the call feeling very frustrated with one course or another, and I always feel good when they hang up feeling better about their work and how they need to succeed. One Penn Foster student in particular always makes me smile talking to her because of how appreciative she is with any and all questions I can answer. One classroom experience that brings me a lot pride was when at the end of a school year, the parents of a recently emigrated student said to me that their daughter speaks much better English because of the presentations and group work I had in my class.
What is one piece of advice you’d like to give students?
Keep trying different strategies to learn the important material to prepare for exams.
What are some of your passions?
I love the Green Bay Packers, politics and reading.
What is your most memorable experience as a student?
My experiences in my social studies courses were typically the most important. However, the most memorable was when I was in 8th grade and my English class required a biography paper and presentation of a person I admire. I choose my grandfather and enjoyed the talks I had with him about his life, including his time in the Navy and as a food chemist. His life growing up in Chicago was fascinating as well.
What are some of your personal or professional goals?
My main hope personally is to continue to improve my skills on home projects. This may become a professional goal if I take Penn Foster courses. I also hope to start a fruit and vegetable garden at some point. Professionally, I do hope to continue learning more about history, as well as branch out to other disciplines, including electives.
What is your greatest strength?
My greatest professional strength is my patience, along with my perseverance and desire to do the best job possible.