Greetings Students and Parents,
I am Walter Maciel and teach several courses through our online program, Edmentum/Plato, including US History, Spanish, and French. This is now my 24th year as a high school history teacher and have taught all levels of students from English learners to honors students. In my time, I have served as co-department chair, coach for girls freshman and JV softball, assistant principal, and have been a county mentor for beginning teachers. This is now my 5th year at the Lake and the 2nd year coaching the JV softball team at Heritage High School.
I was born to immigrant parents from Mexico who came here in the 1960s in search of a better life knowing no English. After graduating from Valley View High School in 1993 (part of the 2nd graduating class from the Moreno Valley school), I went to UC Riverside and graduated with my BA in history. After taking a few years off, i returned to school and earned my masters degree in education from Cal State San Bernardino in 2006. In doing so, I became the second member of either side of my family to earn a bachelor's degree and the first to earn a master's degree.
In my free time, I love cycling, cross-fit, and watching or participating in most sports. I also love traveling with my 2 step daughters and beautiful wife, including camping anywhere we can find a patch of dirt and trees. One of my deepest held beliefs is that every single person can succeed, if given a bit of guidance and shown the right path. That is my goal: to provide all of my students with the guidance and path to succeed in my class.
As we return to on campus instruction, students will need extra help in that transition to in person instruction. I am here to help. Any emails that I receive before 8pm usually are answered the same day, with those received after 8pm being answered the following day. As we return to some sense of normalcy, I look forward to working with my students to ensure their success.