Founders

The co-founders of the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) bring a range of varied professional, academic and life experience to the development and implementation of the school and its mission. They share a passion for quality education, recognize the value of bilingualism and are committed to diversity in the classroom.

Jennifer Hindman Sargent holds a BA from New York University, as well as an M.S.Ed.  from Hunter College (CUNY). Jennifer also brings 15 years of marketing and project management experience to the founding team, including managing her own freelance copywriting business since 2003.

Camille Korschun Bustillo earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia University. Camille comes to the HoLa founding team from the world of marketing and communications, most recently from the International Marketing Group at Maybelline. Her first entrepreneurial experience was with Delia’s, where she worked in various roles to develop the fledgling company from start-up to public offering, culminating in a position as Editorial Director.

Jennifer Austin, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Rutgers University, Newark, and has published articles on language development in bilingual children, among other related research interests. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University, with a minor in Cognitive Science.

Barbara Martinez is a 17-year veteran Staff Reporter for The Wall Street Journal, currently covering healthcare, and serves as Secretary of the Board of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund (DJNF), a non-profit foundation that provides scholarships and internships for young people considering careers in journalism. Barbara holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and regularly volunteers her time with inner-city high school journalists in New York and New Jersey.

Christian Gibbs is the Former Chief Financial Officer of American Heritage Communities; Vice President in the European equities division of Societe Generale; and Co-founder / Chief Financial Officer of the start-up technology company X-PressReturns.com. Christian holds a B.A. from Boston University and an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Advisory Board

Of the many people the HoLa founding team has conferred with throughout the research and development process leading up to the approval of our charter application, the following individuals constitute a core group whose input has been invaluable and who will remain involved on an ongoing basis, each according to his or her area(s) of expertise. Advisory Board members are not Board of Trustee members, but are invited to attend Board meetings as they wish, and suggest items for inclusion on the agenda.

Victoria Hunt, EdD, Assistant Principal at P.S. 75. The Emily Dickinson School, in New York City (oversees the Spanish-English immersion program); consultant with Torres-Guzman & Associates; and former instructor in the Bilingual/Bicultural Program at Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D. in Leadership in Dual Language Programs, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2008)

Jennifer Friedman, MS, Co-Founder and Director of Development, La Escuelita, a private Spanish-English immersion pre-school and after-school/summer program for children up to 3rd grade in Manhattan

Mercedes Tellez-Gil, MA, Coordinator of Bilingual Programs and World Languages, Englewood Public Schools, Englewood, NJ

Doré Korschun, EdD, Principal, Glover School (French immersion), Milton, MA

Maria Bustillo, MSEd, former Supervisor of World Languages, Jersey City Public Schools, Jersey City, NJ (retired January, 2009). Currently a consultant for the Guttenberg Public Schools.

Joselyn Estevez-Vargas, MSEd, Director of Early Childhood & Family Services, Hoboken Organization against Poverty and Economic Stress (HOPES), Inc., Hoboken, NJ

Anthony J. Petrosino, PhD, Associate Professor and Elizabeth G. Gibb Endowed Fellow in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. Former Assistant Superintendent of Hoboken Public Schools, responsible for The Curriculum Project, a complete revision of the district’s curriculum in all subject areas.

Craig Mainor, Program Coordinator, Jubilee Center, Hoboken, NJ

Mary Azzarto Ciampa, an original founder of HoLa, as originally proposed to the Hoboken Public Schools. Former Founder and CEO of Plum Design.