Attributing her success to good teachers, P A Arnold is the daughter of a former teacher, Mattie Spear, who would teach in her classroom when she attended school. One of her teachers would come over to swap recipes with her grandmother after being her teacher all day. Her best friends, who were teachers in religious education, have also been her mentors. She began her professional career as a special education teacher at City Systems in Rockford and Warren, Michigan, in 1960, remaining in this position for seven years. During this time, she also began teaching dactylology and serving as a county advocate for the deaf, which she continues to do today. She then directed the Four-County Center for the Handicapped in Arkansas from 1977 to 1981 and taught at Hobbs Municipal Schools in New Mexico from 1981 to 1982. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Arnold directed the model project ACTION and project Technical Resources in Exceptional Education (TREE), and has presented at several conferences in her field.
Prior to the start of her career, Ms. Arnold pursued a formal education at David Lipscomb College, now known as simply Lipscomb University, in Nashville, Tennessee, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in 1960. She then attended Wayne State University in Detroit, where she received a Master of Arts in 1962. She went on to attain a Master of Science from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1986. In addition to these academic honors, Ms. Arnold is certified in special education, psychology, speech, mental retardation, emotional disturbance and the Bible in the State of Florida, as well as previously in the States of Tennessee, Michigan, Arkansas and New Mexico.
Active in her local community, Ms. Arnold served as a deaf advisor on the board of directors for the Hearing Society of Volusia County and was a Florida State University center educational technician. A prolific writer, she authored five books, “Love Story in Academia,” “Instructor, Light for Deaf” in 1992, “Ol’ Time Preacher Man” in 1995, “Little Red Schoolhouse” in 1998 and “Trapezoid of Children” in 1999. Her book “Ol’ Time Preacher Man” was based around her husband, Earl E. Arnold. Ms. Arnold has also presented onsite at 94 conferences and led a national workshop with Christian Workers with the Deaf.
Outside of her primary trade, Ms. Arnold maintains involvement with numerous organizations related to her field including the National Education Association, the American Red Cross, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Volusia Educational Association, the Florida Education Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, the American Association on Mental Deficiency and the National Association of the Deaf. In light of her accomplishments, she has received myriad honors and accolades throughout her impressive career. A grant winner of Public Welfare and the National Gardening Association, Ms. Arnold received the County Education Science Award in Special Gardening, among others. Furthermore, she was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.