Newton’s Hofmann Appointed to SCCC Trustee Board

Article Posted -- December 4, 2017

James Hofmann, a longtime teacher at Newton’s Halsted Middle School and renowned for his work with the school’s STEM program and as the Coach of both FLL & FRC school’s robotics teams, has been appointed to the Sussex County Community College’s Board of Trustees.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity,” said Hofmann. “If I can help out in just one small way to get started that would be great.”

It is clearly Hofmann’s background that makes it a very good bet that he’ll be a welcome addition to the board, and help out in a big way. In addition to his teaching experience and involvement in STEM and robotics, Hofmann has been a very active community volunteer. He is a life member and past officer of the Newton Fire Department, Founder, and Administrator of the Newton Hockey Program, and was an Assistant Boy Scout leader for many years.

Under Hofmann’s leadership, his First Varsity Tri-District Robotics Team earned the Team Underwriter Laboratory Industrial Safety Award in St. Louis and the Engineering Inspiration Award at Lehigh University. Hofmann has been honored numerous times over the years as a teacher with recognition from such luminaries as NJ Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, State Senator Steve Oroho, and Picatinny Arsenal, Brigadier General Alfred Abramson III.

Hofmann, who has a Masters in Technology Education, has been cited as Newton’s Public School Teacher of the Year twice, Newton’s Citizen of the Year, and also received the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award.

“Between James’ teaching experience and his community ties, he truly makes for an excellent board member,” said Dr. Jon Connolly, SCCC president.  “He’s got his finger on the pulse of the young people here in Sussex County, as well as the community at-large.”

“I am looking forward to the challenge,” added Hofmann. “I am just getting started, learning the lay of the land not only with the specifics of what is happening at SCCC but throughout the state at other community colleges.”

A resident of Newton since 1986, Hofmann has two grown children, Dr. Justin Hofmann, and Samantha Hofmann, both of whom graduated from Newton High School.