McCarson, Robert - Spanish

Profe Mac
aka Robert McCarson

A little about me ...

I am excited to help facilitate students' acquisition of the Spanish language as part of the World Languages department at Clyde A. Erwin High School.  I studied Spanish in high school and while attending my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I also worked with private tutors from Spain and Venezuela and spent time in an immersion program at Antigua, Guatemala -- which the Spanish established as their regional colonial capital in the 16th century.  I have traveled and worked extensively in Central America and Mexico and I published a Spanish language newspaper for 17 years before entering the classroom in 2018.

I also attended Appalachian State University in Boone before transferring to Chapel Hill, where I received a bachelor's degree in Journalism.   I received my teaching license through the NC Teach program at East Carolina University in Greenville. 

Though I spent the earlier part of my career in the Triangle and in our nation's capital, I am a native of western North Carolina. My roots run deep here. My family was among the first group of European settlers to cross the Swannanoa Gap in the late 18th century.  I am descended from one of the first sheriffs of Buncombe County, appointed back in 1784 when Asheville was called Morristown.

My son Colin is a junior at the University of California at Los Angeles and my daughter Emma is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin.  I enjoy spending time outdoors with my incredible dog Marley, a Boxer-Labrador mix.  I love to read and watch movies and TV shows, especially in Spanish.  I am a huge sports fan.  I especially love the Pittsburgh Steelers, college football and enjoy spending fall weekends in Chapel Hill with old classmates cheering on the Tar Heels.