Welcome to sixth-grade language arts! I'm Paul Dickson, and Maclay has been a huge part of my life since 1981, when I enrolled as a freshman. After earning my Maclay diploma in 1985 , I went on to get a B.A. at Florida State and an M.A. at Texas. I'm now in my fifteenth year on the Maclay faculty and soccer coaching staff (I'm looking forward to my ninth year as the head coach of the girls' varsity squad). I'm also a Maclay parent, as my daughter has been a student here since pre-K 3. I was one of her teachers last year, but we managed to survive the awkwardness. I must say that I am happy she has moved on to seventh-grade language arts with Mr. Combs and Mrs. Perry! When I'm not teaching or coaching at Maclay, I'm spending time with my aforementioned daughter and my wonderful wife of sixteen years. We go on cruises occasionally and generally just enjoy hanging out with friends. With lots of family in town, much of our social life revolves around almost-weekly family dinners and other gatherings with our relatives. I'm a fan (live or on television) of all sorts of sports, especially soccer (shocker!) and college football. Although I hardly get to go to concerts anymore, I love music: Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Crowded House, and old REM are frequent selections. My time in Austin during and after graduate school was my peak music zone, as I got to see live performances all the time from artists like Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, Robert Earl Keen, and Poi Dog Pondering. I'm also a huge art fan, and was thrilled to be able to go to Rome and Florence a few summers ago to see all sorts of masterpieces, including those of Caravaggio, one of my favorite artists. I hope to get more into my own painting at some point (I have dabbled a bit), but my life is pretty full and busy at the moment (I blame Maclay!) -- and I probably wouldn't want it any other way.