MacQueen, Tate - Social Studies

Welcome to my Classroom
Coach MacQueen
peter.macqueen@bcsemail.org

Greetings:

>>>Before my introductions, I want to briefly provide information and expectations for beginning our school year in Plan B and Remote learning in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Students who are registered as Remote Learners will not come to school during the first 2 weeks of onboarding. Cohorts A will attend Mondays and Wednesday for the two weeks beginning on 8-17-20 and Cohorts B will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays for the two weeks beginning on 8-18-20. Again, Remote Learners will not come to school and any changes must be done via student services. An email has been sent letting each student know what cohort they belong to or if they are Remote Learners.

When you come to school, please be expecting strict enforcement of all Covid-19 protocols, including maintaining 6 foot minimum distancing, temperature scans and using hand sanitizer and frequent hand-washing. MASKS MUST WORN AT ALL TIMES, unless there is a valid and documented health waiver.  Our prime objective has been and remains student safety above all else. 

This semester will be dramatically different than last spring. Attendance will be taken everyday and students are required to attend daily Zoom meetings, which will last at a minimum of 30 minutes and at a maximum of 45 minutes. Teachers must see your face on the screen to get credit for attendance.

I will be using the Google Classroom platform and integrate Zoom, Newsela and other resources along with a digital textbook to be provided in a pdf format. I am not going to overwork students as we will work smarter and more efficiently.

I will provide the Remind Now text codes and the Google Classroom code via email. 

Lastly, I want to stress that my role as a teacher is to foster and develop critical thinking skills, analyzing skills and skills for differentiation with comparing and contrasting themes in US History. We live in a complex and often times complicated world and the history of America is not a simplistic, easy nor benign one. There is much to celebrate and much to mourn over for sure. Please be aware that I may take positions I personally do not believe in order to facilitate dialogue and debate. My number one prerequisite is respect, acceptance and an eagerness to learn. With that said, let me move onto my introduction:<<<

I am Coach MacQueen and I am proud to teach in the Social Studies department and I served as the coach of the men's and women's soccer at Erwin High School. I was born in Atlanta and moved to Wilmington before my first birthday. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1998 and obtained my graduate degree from the University of Delaware in 2000. I taught on the collegiate level before starting my high school teaching career in Washington, DC. While in the DC metro area, I taught at Richard Milburn Public Charter High School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts and at Central High School. I was named Teacher of the Year at RMPCHS and am honored to have that distinction.

It was in the metro area that I met my wife, Bethan. Teaching 2.9 miles across the river from the Pentagon on 9/11/2001 caused me to re-evaluate my life and priorities. My wife and I decided to move back to my home state and to Asheville to start our family. 

In North Carolina, I taught and coached at East Henderson High School for 4 years before moving to Charles D. Owen High School, where I was for 6 years. I began my teaching at Erwin in 2014 and resumed my coaching career from in 2016-19 with both the men's and women's soccer teams. Our boys program amassed 47 wins in 4 seasons and made the state playoffs every year.

The courses I teach are typically American History I and II.

It is a privilege to serve Buncombe County students and their families!