The New Jersey Department of Education has awarded HoLa teacher Jeffrey Maccoux with the Exemplary Educator award for the 2021 year. Through a rigorous selection process, the New Jersey Exemplary Elementary Educator program selects educators who are model teachers, achieving excellence both inside and outside of the classroom.
Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, known as HoLa, is a dual-language Spanish immersion school that educates students in core academic subjects through the Spanish language, providing a rigorous academic education in two languages.
At HoLa, immersion teachers teach mastery of academic standards through lessons conducted in Spanish.
“Señor Maccoux is an extraordinarily gifted teacher whose classes are both fun and rigorous,” said 8th grade parent Lorraine Cademartori. “My son has been fortunate enough to be in his class three times over the years—and is now a comfortably fluent Spanish speaker, reader, and writer. What a richly deserved award!”
The NJ Department of Education recognized both Sr. Maccoux’s exceptional teaching skills and the results he achieves for his students. Sr. Maccoux’s students have scored exceptionally well on both Spanish verbal and written exams but also the statewide English language assessments (in 2019, the most recent testing year, 93 percent of HoLa 7th graders and 85 percent of HoLa 8th graders scored a 4 or 5 in the statewide English Language Arts tests), outperforming state averages by a wide margin.
“Sr. Maccoux is representative of HoLa’s phenomenal faculty,” said HoLa Executive Director, Jen Sargent. “I am grateful every day for educators like Jeffrey, who put their heart and soul into teaching our students with a deep commitment to the immersion model and our school’s core values.”
Outside of the classroom, Sr. Maccoux was a founder of both the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and the Liga de la Justicia Social (Social Justice League). These student clubs provide an important space to discuss issues of social justice and a safe environment for students across a variety of backgrounds and identities to collaborate and exchange ideas.
“Bilingualism is a critical 21st century skill that builds bridges and brings communities together,” said HoLa teacher Jeffrey Maccoux. “The Gay-Straight Alliance and the Liga de La Justicia Social were natural extensions of HoLa’s global citizen culture and I am thrilled at how HoLa students deeply care about these issues and our community.”
La Liga, founded during the height of the COVID pandemic, impacted HoLa 6th grader Julia Stempler so deeply, she penned an op-ed for the Jersey Journal last year, commenting: “And even though this was an incredibly dark year for the world, and even though the pandemic has created a new era of social distance, we at our small school in Hoboken found a way to bring students together around the world, to change the world.”
About Hoboken Dual Language Charter School
Hoboken Dual Language Charter School was founded in 2010, when it opened its doors to students in Kindergarten through second grade. Currently HoLa serves over 415 students as a public charter school in Hoboken, NJ and was ranked by U.S. News as a top NJ performing school, ranking in the top 5% of NJ middle schools and top 11 percent of NJ elementary schools statewide. HoLa is committed to providing an exceptional education in Spanish and English to develop engaged, well-rounded bilingual citizens with a global and multicultural perspective, who take personal responsibility for becoming positive members of their communities.