WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Mark Teshkoyan, a teacher and coach at James Caldwell High School, passed away last week.

At a Zoom meeting of the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Monday night, Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Heinegg asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of Teshkoyan. 

In a memorandum to the community Heinegg stated in part, “The Caldwell-West Caldwell School Community mourns the passing of Mr. Mark Teshkoyan, James Caldwell High School teacher and coach. Mr. Teshkoyan was an outstanding teacher of Industrial Arts, and along with his brother Mike, coach to some of the most successful soccer and softball teams in JCHS history. He taught our children practical arts and athletic skills. As part of that educational experience, though, Mr. Teshkoyan also developed character; he modeled what it means to be a person of integrity and someone who contributes to society. The Caldwell - West Caldwell School District is grateful for his exceptional service to the young people who have had the good fortune to be impacted by his work. Mark Teshkoyan was a wonderful colleague. His kindheartedness and humor never failed to lift everyone, and he will be deeply missed.”

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Teshkoyan co-coached girls soccer and softball with his brother, Mike, for several decades at Caldwell.

The CWCJCHSCHIEFS tweeted:

The Caldwell Chief community is saddened today as we lost one of our best, Mark Teshkoyan. Mark dedicated over 35 years of his life to his students and athletes, both as a teacher and as a coach.
Mark will never be forgotten.


Teshkoyan had been at Caldwell High School since 1985. He taught many subjects during his tenure in the district, including woodworking, metalworking, Intro toTechnology and Cooperative Education.