•  Science Department Faculty


    Mrs. Monica Brady

    School: Madison Junior School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): 8th Grade Science
    Education: Masters in Teaching and Learning, Nova Southeastern University; B.S. Education, West Chester University
    Appointment Date: 2007
    Prior Experience: Union Avenue Middle School, Irvington; Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair
    Extracurricular Involvement: :  MJS Lacrosse Coach; U10 Softball Coach; Field Hockey Official
    Mrs. Brady enjoys the outdoors kayaking, tent camping, hiking and whitewater rafting with her family.
    "All we can ask for is your personal best every day. Even when you don't feel like it."




    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): Physics, Astronomy
    Education: B.S. Physics, Virginia Military Institute
    Appointment Date: 2013
    Prior Experience: Served over 8 years in the US Army as an Apache Attack Helicopter pilot; Captain, Company Commander, and OIF veteran.
    Extracurricular Involvement: Weight Room Supervisor, Assistant Wrestling Coach 
    Grants Awarded: Madison Education Foundation - Starlab
    Quote or Philosophy: Illis quos amo deserviam 
    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): Chemistry, Enriched Chemistry
    Education: B.S. Biology, M.A.T. Montclair State University, T.O.S.D. New Jersey City University
    Appointment Date: 2013
    Prior Experience: Randolph High School, Bergenfield High School
    Ms. Carlson enjoys training her Australian Shepherd dogs to do dog agility which they compete in on weekends. 
     Quote/Philosophy: We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained." Marie Curie
    Mrs. Kelley DeRosa
    School: Madison Junior School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): 6th Grade Science
    Appointment Date: 2016
    Education: Kean College BS in Earth Science Education K -12  & Masters in Educational Technology from Ramapo College 
    Prior Experience: Lawton C Johnson Summit Middle School in Summit, teaching Grade 8 Earth Science and Grade 8 Integrated Science
    Extracurricular Involvement: An Advisor to science clubs, Currently Assistant Treasurer for Marching Dodgers Booster Club
    Quote/Philosophy: Mrs. DeRosa's goal is to have her young science students quickly realize that we usually learn together in the classroom. but what we are talking about is in the real world all around us, every day. 
    Ms. Karen DeTrolio
    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): AP Biology, Biology
    Education: BS, Biological Science, Minor in Education, Rutgers University - Cook College, ED. M. Biology Education, Rutgers University - Graduate School of Education 
    Appointment Date: 2015
    Prior Experience: 2007 Student Teaching Madison High School, 
    2008 - 2015 Science Teacher Bernards High School 
    Extracurricular Involvement:  Student Council CoAdvisor
    Awards/Honors: Student Council Teacher of the Year (2014), National Honor Society Honorary Teacher Inductee (2013), Somerset Hills Educational Professional of the Year (2012), U.S. Green Ribbon Award to Bernards High School (2012)
    Grants: SHEF Grant (Trout in Classroom Project), Renewable Energy Lab Kit (DonorsChoose.org), Target Field Trip Grant (LSC Cardiac Classroom Trip), Rain Garden won by AP Environmental students, SHEF Grant (Digital Photography in Lab), Project Learning Tree Grant (Compost Project), Rain Barrel Donation (Rutgers University)
    Quote/Philosophy: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."  Nelson Mandela 


    Miss Patrice Donnelly

    School: Madison Junior School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): 6th Grade Science
    Education: B.A. Elementary Education/English, Kean University
    Appointment Date: 2003
    Prior Experience: St. Joseph's in West Orange and St. Patrick's in Chatham.
    Extracurricular Involvement:Green Team Advisor, Chaperone for
     MJS School Activities, MEA School Representative, Volunteer for Kids Central at Madison YMCA 
    Awards: Teacher of the Year 2001
    Quote/Philosophy: "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."  Albert Einstein 
    School: Madison Junior School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): Creative Engineering, Engineering Robotics, Integrative STEM, Integrative Programming,Design Squad
    Appointment Date: 2016
    Prior Experience: A graduate from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Pre-Engineering and Technology Education with K-12 integrated STEM specialization
    Extracurricular Involvement:
    MJS First Robotics Team Coach, Madison Makers Design and Innovators club Co-Advisor
    Quote/Philosophy: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela 

    Ms. Jen Freeman

    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): AP Environmental Science, Physics
    Education: BS in Environmental Science, Rutgers University; M.A.T., St. Peter's College
    Appointment Date: 2007
    Prior Experience: Columbia High School in Maplewood
    Science Rules!  @jenfreeman75
    School: Madison Junior School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): 7th Grade Science
    Education: B.S. Biology from George Washington University
    Appointment Date: 2015
    Prior Experience: 7th grade life science at Park Ridge High School, 6th grade earth and physical science at Westwood Regional Middle School
    Enjoys:  Spending time with friends and family, connecting with nature, and staying active with ultimate frisbee and crossfit! 
    Philosophy/Quote: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan


    Dr. Mark Ladolcetta 

    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): Honors Chemistry
    Education: B.S. Chemistry, Catholic University of America; PhD. Environmental Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Appointment Date: 2007
    Prior Experience: Livingston High School; Laboratory Coordinator/Adjunct Professor, NJIT
    Extracurricular Involvement: Head Coach Cross Country, Head Coach Boys and Girls Winter Track and Field, Head Coach Girls Spring Track and Field
    Quote/ Philosophy: Be Prepared! (Boys Scout Motto)



    Mr. Luis Largo 

    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): AP Physics, Physics
    Education: B.S. Industrial Engineering, The Colombian School of Engineering (Colombia); M.Ed. Physics Education, Rutgers University; M.Ed. Spanish Education, University of Granada (Spain).
    Appointment Date: 2007
    Prior Experience: Physics Instructor, Rutgers University; Logistics Projects Engineer, The Colombian Logistics Corporation; Quality Assurance Engineer, Plastymet S.A.
    Extracurricular Involvement: Harvard Model Congress, Science League Coordinator, Interact Club Advisor
    "If you wish to understand the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration." Nikola Testa
    " In physics, you don't have to go around making trouble for yourself-nature does it for you." Frank Wilczek 



    Ms. Carolyn McCarthy

    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology
    Appointment Date: 2015
    Prior Experience: 2012 - 2015 Biology Teacher Toms River High School East
    Extracurricular Involvement: Co-Advisor for NJ Science League
    Awards or Grants: Project Infuse (2014 - 2017)
    Quote/Philosophy: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Laozi
     Monkemeier,  Sue
    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): Honors Biology
    Education: BS Biological Sciences, Douglass College Rutgers University
    Appointment Date: 1996
    Prior Experience: Director of the Madison Teen Center 1990 – 1998
    Chatham High School 1988 - 1989 
    Extracurricular Involvement: Student Council CoAdvisor, MHS PLC 
    Coordinator, MHS ScIP Committee Member, District Budget Advisory Committee Member, District Assessment Committee Member
    Grants Awarded: Madison Education Foundation - Living Elements, 
    Madison Education Foundation (Spring 2016) The Great Outdoors
    Awards: Governor's Teacher of the Year 2008, MHS Barrett-Caprio Award 
    Quote/Philosophy: "The glass is half full with more than enough in it to quench your thirst!"  "Go Dodgers!"
    "Hope and optimism can eventually become a self-fulfilling prophecy if combined with effective problem solving." Gary Yukl 


     Ms. Carole Rawding

    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): Honors Physics, Enriched Physics
    Education: B.S. Penn State University, M.Ed. Rutgers University
    Appointment Date: 1987
    Prior Experience: Technical Sales Representative, Diamond Shamrock Corporation, Science Teacher, Neumann Prep School
    Extracurricular Involvement: Project Aware Advisor, Physics Team Advisor, Freshmen Girls Lacrosse Coach
    Awards: Barret-Caprio Award recipient, Governor's Teacher Award recipient
    Grants Awarded:  MEF (Madison Educational Foundation) Grants to enhance Physics Instruction at MHS
    Quote/ Philosophy: Ask Questions, Seek Answers.


    Mrs. Catherine Tahlmore

    School: Madison Junior School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): 8th Grade Science
    Education: B.S. Science/Business, University of Notre Dame
    Appointment Date: 2002
    Prior Experience: St.Mary's in Denville;  Pope John Paul School, Clifton; Swim Team Coach, Lakeland Hills YMCA
     The outdoors especially going to the beach, swimming, running, and hiking.  She loves spending time with her husband, Gary, and 2 sons, David and Timmy.
    School: Madison High School
    Appointment Date: 2016
    Teaching (2016 - 2017)Biology, Forensic Science, Environmental Science
    Prior Experience: New Brunswick High School
    Awards: Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship 2015
    Quote/Philosophy: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world/" Nelson Mandela 
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    Ms. Angela Wylykanowitz

    School: Madison High School
    Teaching (2016 - 2017): Chemistry, AP Chemistry
    Appointment Date: 2015
    Prior Experience: 
    Extracurricular Involvement:
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    Barbara Zabel
    School: Madison Junior School
    Courses Taught: 7th Grade Science, Consumer Life Science 
    Appointment Date: 2014
    Prior Experience: Summer Institute for Gifted, Stuart Country Day       School, Princeton; New Brunswick Middle School, Rutgers University SPARK Program (CSI)
    Extracurricular Involvement: Special Education Advisory Committee
    Awards: Teacher of the Year New Brunswick Middle School,                 Rutgers Sigma Xi Middle School Science Teacher of the Year for Somerset and Middlesex Counties, Maitland Simmons Scholar, News 12 NJ TV appearance-Rutgers Science Explorer Bus.Making Science Fun; Home News Tribune article- SPARK Crime Scene Investigation Course. 
    Grants Awarded: Genetic Disorders Research Grant - Bristol Meyers
    Squibb, John Marshall's Mobile Weather Lb Assembly Grant- New Brunswick Education Foundation, 
    Quote or Philosophy: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson