The FoHCS will now be doing faculty spotlights so that everyone can learn more about our amazing staff, faculty & administration.

The Hoboken Charter School is made great by the individuals who actively carry out our mission with respect to education, service, and critical thinking. Outside the classroom, they also exemplify the thoughtfulness and behavior they seek to instill in our children on a daily basis. Learn more about what makes our HCS faculty truly awesome!



Elizabeth Niesz: Interim Principal K-8 



1. Where did you grow up?

Cranford, NJ

2. What made you decide to become an educator?

In college as a junior and senior, I was a teaching fellow for the Psychology 100 class, which involved teaching psychology labs. I then took a summer job as a teacher at the Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning teaching third grade in a program to prevent summer learning loss. Both of those experiences pushed me to pursue education as a career.

3. Where did you go to school?

I went to the University of Richmond for undergrad and the University of Pennsylvania for grad school.

4. What has your career path been?/ How did you arrive at HCS?

I began my career in Baltimore City as an elementary teacher. I then assumed roles as a district coordinator for PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) and as a district level math instructional coach. I moved back to New Jersey to be closer to family and worked in Newark as a teacher and math coach. I came to HCS last year to transition into a school leadership role.

5. Tell us something you are really proud of.

I am proud of my relationships with friends and family and having people who can count on me.

6. Tell us something most parents and students don’t know about you.

I am getting married in April.

7. What is your favorite subject/ thing to teach?

I really enjoy teaching math.

8. What’s on your holiday wish list?

We just got a snow blower, which I’ve been wanting for a few years. I am also hoping to get the book “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen.

9. In your opinion, What is the best thing about HCS?

The community. We have the most thoughtful, curious, funny and creative students who make me smile each day and excited to come to school. Our staff is the most hardworking and dedicated group of educators I’ve ever had the privilege with which to work. And our families do so much to help support our program.

10. What’s your favorite thing to do when you are not at school?

I like to spend time with my family, friends and dog, Stanley.