After four years at KO, it is with a heavy heart that beloved Spanish teacher Charles Macksoud will be leaving the KO community. Prior to his time at KO, Mr. Macksoud was a tour guide for four years in Central and South America, as well as in Africa. In the Middle School, he played an important role not only as a Form Two advisor, but also as the Form Two Form Dean. In addition, Mr. Macksoud taught both Spanish A and Spanish B.
Mr. Macksoud’s favorite memories in the classroom mainly revolve around projects and classroom interactions in which students were kind and helpful to one another. Mr. Macksoud also occasionally provided his students with special and unique ways to immerse themselves in Spanish culture. “One time, the Spanish B [classes] went to the cafeteria, and we made Tortilla Española,” he said with excitement.
Mr. Macksoud’s favorite aspect of teaching is seeing his students apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the world around them. “I love when a student goes on a trip to a Spanish speaking country or just converses with a native Spanish speaker and gets really excited about it when they tell me about the conversation,” he said. “It’s awesome to watch people be able to do something that they learn in class and then use it in the real world, while having a little fun with it.”
Coaching various Middle School sports teams was also a major part of Mr. Macksoud’s KO experience. “Last fall, I coached Middle School football with Coach Kocay,” he said. “It was a great crew and Kocay’s awesome. We had a blast.” In addition, in previous years, Mr. Macksoud served as a Middle School softball coach alongside math teacher Stacey Tomkiel.
His favorite coaching memory is from one specific softball season. “There was a new player who couldn’t hit the ball for the first five or six weeks,” he said. “She had a great swing but just wasn’t connecting. I could tell she was frustrated, but we just kept at it. One day she just cracked the ball and had this massive smile on from behind her helmet. From that point on, I don’t think she ever swung and missed again.”
Throughout his time at KO, both teaching and coaching have impacted Mr. Macksoud professionally and personally. “The students are as great as they get. So is the faculty. Everyone’s taught me so much,” he said. “Most importantly, I’ve learned to be patient with myself and others. If you can’t conjugate a verb correctly on the first go, it’s really not the end of the world. Stick to it, and you’ll get it.”
Next year, Mr. Macksoud hopes to work in a school closer to where his parents live in New Jersey. “If that doesn’t pan out, I may go back to Hawaii, Costa Rica, or Spain,” he said.
Whatever your future holds, Mr. Macksoud, the entire KO community wishes you nothing but the best in all of your future endeavors. We will miss you!