Hello and welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. It should be an interesting one, that is for sure.
My name is Nick Zaleski. This Fall I am teaching American History: Founding Principles, Civics & Economics, and in the Spring I will be teaching American History I.
This is my 18th year as a classroom teacher, my 9th year in ABSS, and my 2nd year teaching History at WAHS. Previously, Itaught at Cummings HS for 1 year and Broadview Middle School for 6 years, where I was chosen for the 2018 BroadviewTeacher of the Year award. Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2012, I lived and taught English as a Second Language in South Korea for 5 years, preceded by teaching at the Line Mountain Jr/Sr High School for 4 years (3 years - Social Studies; 1 year - Alternative Education) and a student-teaching placement in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Aside from teaching, I have also worked in group homes, wilderness therapy programs, 4 museums & historic sites, as well as in factories, construction, and as a shuttledriver in Alaska. So far, I have traveled to over 30 countries and 30 states, which includes living in 3 other countries (Australia, Scotland, and South Korea) and 2 other states (Pennsylvania and Alaska). I graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2001 with a BS in Secondary Social Studies Education and a BA in History.
I am excited to begin a new school year and to meet many new faces (via Zoom), but I must admit that there is a level of anxiety that comes with this year. Although I do have 3 years of online teaching experience (I taught Taiwanese adults conversational English part-time), we all know that 2020 is a whole new ball game. Something we have never experienced before. But with the right attitude and spirit, understanding and compassion, motivation and devotion, we can all persevere together and possibly come out of 2020 with some new skills (independence, self-reliance, self-discipline, new tech skills, etc.) and maybe a deeper understanding of ourselves. Although I would prefer to be in-class and in-person, together (students, teachers, parents) we can still accomplish some great things!!! I look forward to meeting, getting to know, and teaching & learning from each of you.
All MATERIALS will be posted via Canvas. There are NO paper materials that need to be picked up at school. All materials will be online. However, YOU WILL NEED paper/notebooks, pencils, color pencils, and possibly notecards.
Students or Parents, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. My email is: Nicolas_Zaleski@abss.k12.nc.us
Also, students and parents, please join your class's REMIND.COM class, so you can stay up to date on announcements, assignment due dates, upcoming quizzes & tests, etc.
For Civics & Economics, please join here: Civics & Economics Remind, or Download these instructions in English or in Espanol.
For Civics & Economics Honors, pleasse join here: Civics & Economics Honors Remind, or Download these instructions in English or in Espanol.