Paul Trahan

Nick Glennon

If you are currently a student at Wakefield High School or have attended the school in the past decade, then you must be familiar with Mr. Trahan.

There are several things you may not know about Mr. Trahan. He’s a local guy as he’s originally from Saugus and graduated Saugus High School in 1998. After high school he attended Salem State College with hopes of working in theater. He ended up graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater, a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s in Education with Special Education. So how did he become a history teacher when he originally wanted to be in theater?

While working in theater, he realized that he had a distinct talent for teaching. He was a natural leader as he would often assist classmates complete homework and stay on task. He had a skill of getting people to listen to him and helping people do work that they struggled with. Several friends and classmates even suggested that he become a teacher and that motivated him. While Trahan could never envision himself as a math or science teacher, history is where he stood out. He had a skill for history so he chose to get a Bachelor’s for it so that he could teach it.

He has now been working at the high school for twelve years and he’s a common fixture in the halls and cafeteria. Trahan is beloved by students for his sassy sense of humor and his fun yet informative teaching style. On top of teaching world history, he also teaches psychology. “I’ve been teaching psychology for seven or eight years now,” said Trahan, “it’s a lot of a fun”.

He most enjoys teaching his world history students about imperialism and World War II. “It’s very interesting and the kids are generally very interested in World War II”. In his psychology classes he loves teaching about the ideas of Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist who is now known as the founding father of psychoanalysis. Trahan loves the students he has had the opportunity to meet and he thoroughly enjoys the school as well. “I enjoy being here. It’s a wonderful school.”

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