In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the district is highlighting employees with Hispanic ancestry — their cultures, achievements and contributions to our Goshen Schools family!
Meet Spanish Teacher Maggi Ackert
Meet Maggi Ackert, who joined the district 15 years ago as a seventh grade Spanish teacher at C. J. Hooker Middle School!
Maggi is from Ecuador and graduated from Tirso de Molina High School. She received an associate’s degree in English as a Second Language at the Universidad Técnica de Ambato and taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at the elementary and middle school levels in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
In 2001, Maggi came to the United States to learn about American culture and improve her English skills. She decided to continue her education at Empire State College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Spanish and Latin American Culture in 2006, and a Master’s in Teaching in 2009.
Maggi’s parents were both college professors in Ecuador and she attributes them as her inspiration for becoming a teacher.
What do you enjoy most about working for the Goshen Central School District?
All my colleagues are friendly, kind and supportive of one another. The district supports teachers, students and families needs.
What’s something you’d like others to know about your heritage/culture?
We do not celebrate Thanksgiving or Halloween; we celebrate El Dia de los Muertos and El Año Nuevo. El Dia de los Muertos is a happy celebration of life, and El Año Nuevo is seen as a new opportunity for a new beginning. We use the metric system. We do not have seasons, leaves do not fall from our trees and we do not have snow. We do not move our clocks forward. Every day, the sun rises at about 6 a.m. and the sun sets around 6:30 p.m. We use military time for 24 hours. Charles Darwin wrote a book about The Galapagos, you should visit them one day!
How do you celebrate your heritage/culture?
I cook “Colada Morada” (a traditional Ecuadorian drink made with fruits, spices, and purple corn flour) for the Day of the Death on November 2, and I cook Latin food for my son.
How do you think your heritage/culture has shaped you as a person/professional?
I carry with me many of the great values and morals from the Latin culture and family. It has made me a responsible, kind and friendly person. It has also made me appreciate all the opportunities and freedom I enjoy in the USA. It has made me aware of cultural differences and how important it is to accept one another and to respect each other’s culture.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I lift weights, I hike, I run, I bike, I love gardening, going to concerts, seeing Broadway shows, attending the opera and ballet, traveling and reading.
What’s a fun fact about you that others may not know?
I am a PADI certified scuba diver and I skydive for my birthday every summer.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I have a son and I have a puppy, her name is KOKO, she is a mini golden-doodle, and I adore both of them!