Mrs. Erin Chambers joins the Madison School District as a Special Education teacher. She spent the past several years in the Parsippany School District as a one-to-one paraprofessional in the primary and intermediate A.B.A. classrooms. Along with her cohort of volunteers at The Paper Mill Playhouse autism-friendly shows, she was a recipient of the Governor’s Jefferson Award in recognition of volunteer service. Mrs. Chambers taught first and third grade in Jersey City, N.J. Mrs. Chambers enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Chambers has an M.Ed. in Inclusive Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Autism from Montclair State University and received her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University, where she was inducted into Psi Chi. She obtained her B.A. in English, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education from New Jersey City University. Her certifications include Teacher of Students with Disabilities, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood Education.
Mr. Jensen came to Madison High School in August of 2019 as an Assistant Principal.
Before coming to Madison, Mr. Jensen served several roles for the school district of Hopatcong. Mr. Jensen was the Supervisor of Instructional Technology in which he was responsible for providing professional development for staff as well as assisting in the development of technology-rich instruction. He also served as the Supervisor of Humanities in which he worked with staff in curriculum development, implementing new programs, and best practices in instruction. Finally, Mr. Jensen served as a building administrator for the high school in which he handled day to day operations as well as discipline.
Prior to being an administrator, Mr. Jensen taught a variety of courses that included AP History and AP Psychology. Throughout his time at Hopatcong, Mr. Jensen also served as a coach and advisor to many different activities.
Mr. Jensen holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership, a Master’s in Curriculum/ Instruction and Technology, as well as a Bachelor’s in Teaching/Psychology.
Mr. Jensen grew up in West Milford NJ where he met his wife and who teaches for West Milford Public Schools today. Mr. Jensen enjoys spending time with his family whenever possible. He and his wife have two sons.
Ms. Gabriella Carputo joined the Madison team last January as a long-term leave replacement and is excited to be part of the World Language department as the new high school Italian teacher this year. She graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian. While at MSU, Gabriella studied abroad for six months in Rome, Italy at John Cabot University where she studied the Italian language and culture hands-on.
Before teaching in public schools, she taught at the Italian School of NJ in East Hanover and Chatham. It was here that Gabriella found her passion for teaching and spreading Italian culture. Gabriella is currently pursuing certification via Alternate Route with Rutgers University.
Gabriella has a thirst for knowledge and passion for learning. She has traveled to many countries, learning different cultures and loves to bring these experiences to the classroom. In her free time, Gabriella likes to read, exercise and spend time with her big Italian family!
Ms. Phoebe Cook is excited to be stepping in as the ESL leave replacement at TJS. She recently graduated from Messiah College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. While at Messiah, she also completed the TESOL program and received her ESL certification. At Messiah College, Phoebe was engaged in many academic clubs and was selected to travel to Mozambique with one of her professors. There she presented a week-long workshop on literacy to the elementary school classroom teachers. She also had a unique student teaching opportunity. Phoebe traveled internationally to teach second grade in Budapest, Hungary.
Outside of the classroom, you can find Phoebe with friends, her dog Myles, or at the gym powerlifting. She also loves to travel and learn about new cultures and languages. This year she plans to travel to Bolivia, Malawi, and Northern Ireland.
Ms. Emily Lotwich attended college at Towson University and after graduating with her BS in Psychology she accepted a position as a preschool teacher. While she was teaching, she realized how rewarding teaching was and decided to go back to school to obtain her teaching certification in Elementary Education. She concluded the Post-Baccalaureate program at Caldwell University and obtained her teaching certificate in December 2018, and is currently continuing her education in Caldwell’s MA Curriculum & Instruction Program.
Emily accepted a position as a 3rd Grade teacher in Saddle Brook, NJ immediately after completion of her certificate this past winter as a leave replacement until the end of the year. She is excited to continue her career as an educator here in Madison School District as a full-year leave replacement at Central Avenue School.
Emily enjoys visiting friends in NYC, traveling, cooking, reading a good book, and learning.
Mrs. Rose Mikula is excited to be joining the MHS Guidance team! Her prior experience includes working the last eight years as a Preschool Aide at Saint Vincent's School. Before working in Education, Mrs. Mikula had a 13-year career in retail. She worked at B Altman and Company and Linens & Things. Her favorite retail experience was Brooks Brothers, where she ran production for the Tie Department. Mrs. Mikula received an Associate Degree in Marketing from Wesley College.
Rose and her husband Jim have lived in Madison for 26 years. Both of their children are graduates of Madison High School. She looks forward to working in the Guidance office, which she considers the "Heart of the High School!" Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Ms. Amanda Spagnuolo is joining Torey J. Sabatini Elementary School as a third-grade leave replacement teacher. Ms. Spagnuolo graduated from Rowan University in May 2018 with scholarly status, obtaining dual bachelor degrees in both Elementary Education and Writing Arts. Upon graduation, she began her professional career at the Lake Drive Hearing Impaired School in Mountain Lakes, NJ as a paraprofessional. During Ms. Spagnuolo’s time here, she learned different techniques, including a whole new world of communication and how to work with different forms of special needs. Ms. Spagnuolo is excited to begin her journey with the Madison Public Schools and have the opportunity to incorporate her enthusiasm, communication skills and passion for teaching in her classroom.
Mr. Eric Tripp is no stranger to the Madison community having graduated from Drew University where he was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse team. While attending Drew, Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business with a minor in Sociology and continued on his educational journey to receive his Master of Arts in Teaching. He has worked with a diverse range of students across many of the Social Studies disciplines having spent his fieldwork time in Newark and his completing his student teaching in Chatham.
During his fieldwork at the Oliver Street School in Newark he taught 7th grade US History, as well as 6th grade World History and 8th grade Civics at Chatham Middle School. During the 2018-19 school year, Eric was a leave replacement at Madison High School where he taught Honors 9th grade World History and Economics.
When not in the classroom, Eric can be found on the athletic fields as he spends his free time coaching both High School and youth football and lacrosse. Eric is extremely excited to return to Madison High School and proud to be a member of the Dodger community.
Madison Berry is excited to become the new Art Teacher at Madison High School. She is eager to start her new position, teaching students to explore their own creativity, building knowledge through practice. Madison has dedicated her life to the process of creating art and teaching others the benefits of expression.
After graduating from SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, New York with a Bachelor’s in Arts Education, she received her Master’s in Arts & Cultural Management from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Before she came to Madison Public Schools, she was an Art Teacher at Teaneck Public Schools in Teaneck, New Jersey for six years expanded the Arts program, developing a multicultural Arts curriculum as well as organizing field trips and school visits with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum. When she is not in school you can find her in town at Madison Mud Clay Studio, where she has been teaching children and adults and creating her own work for over four years.
She devotes herself to Arts Education and in 2011 she won the Art Educator Award from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Washington, D.C. as well as participated in the 2017 SUNY-New Paltz Women’s Leadership Summit. She has implemented art programs at the Morris County Youth Shelter, Peter Ho Memorial HIV/AIDS Clinic in Newark, New Jersey, and Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter.
When Madison has free time away from the studio and classroom, she loves spending time outdoors and finding inspiration from nature with her fiancée Michael. She loves hiking along the Appalachian Trail, skiing in Vermont, and spending time with her loving family in Huletts Landing on Lake George.
Ola Bihuniak is the new ESL teacher at Kings Road School. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Literature and Elementary Education and then a Master of Arts in Teaching along with her Teacher of English as a Second Language certification.
Prior to joining Madison Public Schools, Ola taught ESL for kindergarten and first grade at Middlesex School District. During her first year of teaching, Ola has become a member of the NJTESOL/BE state ESL professional organization and has successfully organized and participated in Family Literacy and Math Nights, ESL PAC Nights and in the “Bienvenidos Book Club” for immigrant students and their families. Ms. Bihuniak is enthusiastic to share her knowledge with Madison Public Schools.
In her free time, Ola loves to travel, hike and spend time with her friends.
Melissa Ciolino joins the Madison Schools with twelve years of teaching experience.
She not only has a passion for teaching but for learning as well! After graduating The
College of New Jersey with her teaching degree, Melissa went on to earn her Master’s
Degree in education with a specialization in elementary reading and literacy. Once that
was complete, she took additional graduate classes in the field of education. When she
isn’t teaching, Melissa enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her children.
Melissa is thrilled to be joining the Torey J. Sabatini staff teaching 5th grade in
September. She looks forward to the fun she will have with her students as they journey
through the curriculum together.
After graduating from NYU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Iberian Studies, Megan’s professional journey began with a stint at an immigration law firm in New York City. After this experience, Megan realized that she wanted to work more directly with her true passions: education and second language acquisition. After pursuing and completing her graduate education at Middlebury College, she became a faculty member in the World Languages Department at Morristown-Beard School, where she worked for five years.
Megan’s undergraduate and graduate studies afforded her the opportunity to live in Madrid, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and she loves to bring her experiences living abroad to the classroom. Her interest in language learning hasn’t stopped since she completed her degrees. She continues to take classes in Italian and Arabic and is always learning new techniques for second language acquisition. In February, she presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) on the use of authentic short stories in the language classroom.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and practicing yoga. She recently completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. She is excited to join the team at Madison High School!
Theresa Fernandes is a board-certified behavior analyst who will be joining Madison Public Schools as one of our full-time district behaviorists this fall. She has worked as a part-time behaviorist at our junior and high schools since January of 2019. Mrs. Fernandes is a graduate of Kean University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and The University of West Florida where she received her Master's degree in Exceptional Student Education and completed her coursework in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Her experience includes working with students diagnosed with special needs, as well as general education students, in grades preschool through 12 in a public school setting where she has supervised ABA programs, developed and supervised behavior intervention plans, and provided staff training in the principles of ABA.
Mrs. Fernandes lives in Hunterdon County with her husband and college-age twins. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and reading.
Mary Hybl is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist with over twenty years of private practice, clinical and school-based experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Michigan State University and her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mary has studied extensively in the areas of early language development and pragmatic or social skills. She is trained in Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia. She is also trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), as well as apraxia approaches by Pamela Marshalla, Nancy Kaufman, and Cari Ebert. Mary has worked in several school districts in the surrounding areas including New Providence; Essex Fells; Livingston; and West Caldwell. In addition, she has experience working closely with families in Early Intervention.
Mary lives in Summit with her husband, two sons, daughter, and golden retriever. She enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, and reading in her free time.
Jennifer Jang received her BS in Dietetics from the University of Maryland and her Master’s degree in Teaching Biology and Special Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She taught as a Secondary Science Special Educator in Maryland for the past 4 years, providing curriculum instruction, supporting students’ academic and functional needs, and serving as a case manager to students with IEPs. She spent the last 3 years at Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac, Maryland, as the lead science teacher in their self-contained Bridge Program. The Bridge Program received the Outstanding Program Award in 2017-2018 by the Maryland County Council Parent-Teacher Associations. Jennifer is excited to join the team at Madison Junior School and share her love of science as she supports all students in doing their best.
Jennifer is looking forward to becoming a New Jersey resident and exploring its rich culture. She enjoys spending time with her husband (a New Jersey native) and family, traveling, and great food.
Nicole Krysa is a recent graduate of the College of New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. In her clinical internship experiences, she taught Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Precalculus Honors in Burlington City High School and 7th-grade math in John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton. She also was an instructional intern for a Mathematics Education class during her senior year of college. For the past three years, she has enjoyed tutoring students of all ages in Denville and Princeton.
Outside of the classroom, she enjoys playing rugby and running with her dog, Bowser.
Lindsey LeCocq graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She will be entering her ninth year of teaching and is very excited to join the first-grade team at Central Avenue School. Mrs. LeCocq is thrilled to be continuing her career in Madison as she shares the vision to help shape life-long learners!
Mrs. LeCocq has attended the Teachers College Summer Institute focusing on the reading and writing workshop model. She also holds an ESL Certification and is trained in Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol to better meet the needs of English Language Learners in the classroom.
Christina Moutafis is the most recent addition to the special education department at the high school. She brings with her 11 years of experience teaching students how to break down science concepts and make them more meaningful. She has taught in South Plainfield High School for 3 years and 8 at new Milford High School. In New Milford, Christina was also the freshmen girls volleyball coach for 5 years. She has also written curricula for several classes and served on the Principal's Advisory Committee. She graduated from Rutgers with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, her Ed.M. in Special Education K - 12, and received an additional degree in Biology.
When Christina is not busy with all her school responsibilities, she is taking care of their son, born this past December. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, trying new things, and traveling. She has learned many interesting things about various cultures and has brought back many memories via souvenirs or photographs and videos that she sometimes incorporates in the classroom.
Andrea Padelsky is the new Assistant Principal responsible for Athletics at Madison High School. Prior to arriving in Madison, Ms. Padelsky was health, driver, and physical education teacher in the Pascack Valley Regional High School District. She taught students of all grade levels in both Pascack Valley HS and Pascack Hills HS in adaptive PE, CPR, driver’s education, health, and physical education. Furthermore, Andrea was a member of the Health & PE Regional Articulation Curriculum and Instruction Committee and served as an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Pascack Valley High School. Ms. Padelsky is also an adjunct professor teaching an undergraduate assessment and technology course at Montclair State University and a sports psychology elective course as part of the NACTEL Program at Pace University.
Ms. Padelsky began her career in education at Little Falls School No.2 in Little Falls, NJ. She then moved on to Valley Road School in Stanhope, NJ and served as the girls’ basketball coach and athletics coordinator.
In preparation for her career as an educator, Ms. Padelsky earned two Master’s degrees from Montclair State University, one in Educational Leadership and the other a Master of Arts in Teaching Health and Physical Education. As a collegiate athlete, Ms. Padelsky attended Pace University on a full athletic scholarship, served as a three-year co-captain of the women’s basketball team and scored over 1,200 points and ranks second all-time for three-pointers made. While at Pace University, Ms. Padelsky earned a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and Human Relations.
Ms. Padelsky grew up in Lebanon, PA, and attended Lebanon High School where she was a standout athlete on the girls’ basketball team scoring over 1,200 points and is a proud member of the LHS Athletics Hall of Fame.
Ms. Padelsky enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, staying active, and has completed the New York City Marathon twice.
Brooke is excited to be joining the Madison Junior School as the assistant principal on July 1. In education for thirteen years, Brooke previously taught for nine years as a Language Arts/Social Studies teacher at Lafayette School in Chatham. She has been a building and team leader in Chatham for six years, guiding the staff through several curriculum changes and providing professional development for district K-5 educators. Brooke also served as a special education teacher for the past three years in Chatham’s extended summer program.
Brooke graduated with a Masters in Education from the College of St. Elizabeth and a B.A. in Political Science from Siena College. She is completing her Educational Leadership Masters at Fairleigh Dickinson University this year. Along with her principal and supervisor certifications, she also holds a Teacher of Students with Disabilities certificate.
Brooke resides in Mendham with her three children, Harry, a senior at Cornell University, Julia, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Kate, also a junior, at West Morris Mendham High School. Brooke enjoys supporting her youngest daughter’s club crew team, NJ Row, which practices out of Lake Hopatcong. Crew practices and full day weekend regattas fill her family’s fall and spring. An avid reader, you can usually find Brooke enjoying multiple books at a time. She’s always looking for good historical fiction or young adult books to escape into. Brooke recently moved her parents locally to New Jersey from her hometown in upstate New York. She is looking forward to sharing the food and sights of our state with them as they transition to their new home. Her favorite time of year is March Madness, as she and her family are avid college basketball fans. Family alumnus includes the Syracuse Orangemen, Villanova Wildcats, and UNC Tarheels, which always makes for a fun and competitive household.
Jaquelynne Radcliff is a fifth-year teacher, who graduated with her BA in Literature from FDU in 2014. She received her MAT the following year from FDU, as well. During her studies, Ms. Radcliff taught abroad at Banbury Academy in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. She completed her student teaching at Madison High School, under the direction of Mrs. Kathleen Bergen. Since then, she has worked with a variety of grade levels, from 6th grade through seniors in high school.
Beyond her dedication to the classroom and the classics, Ms. Radcliff has taken her knowledge and passion for the performing arts and found her second home in the high school theatre. Her most recent productions “You Can’t Take it With You” (director/producer) and “Chicago: High School Edition” (director/producer/choreographer) were both nominated for regional awards by Montclair State University Theatre (Foxy Awards) and The Paper Mill Rising Star programs. She is beyond excited to be returning to Madison High School!
Mrs. Rice is delighted to be joining the Department of World Languages at Madison High School as a teacher of French. Since a middle school student, she has been passionate about studying French language and culture and hopes to inspire her students with her enthusiasm.
At Manhattanville College, Mrs. Rice studied Economics and minored in French where she was encouraged to spend a junior year in France. She received certification for a study abroad year at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in the beautiful city of Angers, France in the heart of the Loire Valley. To solidify her understanding of the language, Mrs. Rice additionally earned an MA in French Language, Culture and Civilization from New York University, and an MAT in French from Montclair State University. Prior to teaching at Madison, she taught at Jefferson Township High School, at Westwood High School and as an adjunct professor of French at Montclair State University.
When not teaching, Mrs. Rice enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and cooking. She also loves to travel and will be going to France to new regions this summer that she has not visited before, and can’t wait to share her photos and with her new students.
Hannah Smith grew up in the nearby township of Jefferson, where she progressed as a student through Jefferson’s public education system. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Rhode Island. At the University of Rhode Island, she was a double major, earning a bachelor's degree in both Elementary Education and Mathematics. In Rhode Island, Hannah gained experience in various diverse school communities. Hannah was the commencement speaker for the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies, where she gave a speech to her fellow classmates and colleagues that supported and encouraged them to make positive contributions to society and be the best version of themselves they can be.
She was a teacher’s assistant and tutor for various college mathematics courses. Hannah was a part of the Honors Program at the University of Rhode Island where she conducted a published study examining students’ multiple intelligences. She was also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education. Hannah student taught fifth grade in Rhode Island at Metcalf Elementary School in Exeter, RI. Recently, she was a long term substitute at Arthur Stanlick School in Jefferson Township Public Schools. In Jefferson, Hannah gained experience teaching diverse third grade and fourth-grade students. Hannah is very eager to join Madison Public Schools and inspire students to become life-long learners.
Amanda Tobia is a 2005 graduate of Montclair State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She then earned her Master's in Teaching from Montclair State University in 2007. Mrs. Tobia began her teaching career in 2008 with the Newark Public Schools where she taught 4th grade and middle school social studies. In 2013, she began teaching middle and high school social studies for a therapeutic school in Northern, NJ, where she also became a mentor teacher.
Mrs. Tobia is excited to bring her dedication and joy of teaching to the students of the Madison Junior School. With a passion for implementing educational technology and innovative learning in the classroom, Mrs. Tobia is a Google Certified Educator and a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Recently, Mrs. Tobia has been awarded a scholarship from the American Battlefield Trust to attend their National Teacher's Institute. She will be spending time this summer in Raleigh, North Carolina collaborating and reliving history with educators from across the country. Mrs. Tobia resides in Rockaway, NJ with her husband and loves running, hiking, and kayaking. She is also a huge baseball fan and hopes to one day visit all of the major league ballparks.