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Ms. Ashley Bays

About the Teacher

Hello! My name is Ms. Bays and Welcome to the Ocean Class!

This will be my fifth year at Mendham Township Elementary School as the 3rd Grade Resource Room Teacher! I was fortunate to have the opportunity to complete my practicum and student teaching in Mendham Township Elementary School 2013-2015 where I worked with Kindergarten, Fourth Grade, and Fourth Grade Resource Room. I graduated from Centenary College in 2015 with a Liberal Arts Degree in Elementary Education and hold a NJ Standard Certificate, Elementary Education K-6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities K-12. I am also Wilson Reading System Level 1 certified.

After graduation I began teaching Resource Room K-2 Language Arts in Randolph until the end of the 2015 school year. During that time, I had the opportunity to work with a wide range of children. My skills include differentiated and modified instruction, assisted technology, and multi-sensory lesson planning that allow me to meet the needs of every student in my classroom. I work intently with each of my students, providing the individualized support and admiration they require. I also make sure to stay connected with parents and any specialists involved within the school, to support the success of each of my students, both in and outside of the classroom. I love teaching Resource Room because it is very rewarding to see the students become fantastic readers, writers, and to develop their love of learning throughout the year.

Currently I am finishing up my Masters at Montclair State University with a degree in Educational Leadership and will graduate this upcoming winter!

Outside of school, I spend my time with my two dogs Tucker T. Tuckerton who is a Brittany Spaniel and my new BIG puppy Maya who is an Alaskan Malamute. I love to be active by playing sports and exercising, as well as eating healthy! I also love going to the beach, writing, reading, and of course routing for the DALLAS COWBOYS! I volunteer for the All Veterans Memorial in Mt. Olive and work with 11th Hour Rescue in Jefferson to help our furry friends:)

I look forward to getting to know you this school year and having a fabulous year!
-Ms. Bays


Degrees and Certifications:

Centenary College, New Jersey- Liberal Arts Degree in Elementary Education NJ Standard Certificate, Elementary Education K-6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities K-12, Wilson Reading System Level 1

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Ms. Dawn Cullinan

About the Teacher

This is my 22nd year working at Mendham Township Elementary School. When I started, I was a Basic Skills teacher for 2nd grade and worked in a first grade classroom. I then taught 2nd grade for approximately 10 years, before moving to 3rd grade. After spending a year on the 3rd grade team, I transitioned to the Resource Room teaching 1st - 4th grade math and 1st and 2nd grade reading/writing. One year later, I began my time in 4th grade co-teaching with Theresa McNamara. We co-taught for five years before I moved to teaching 4th grade special education. I am in my 4th year teaching Resource Math, Reading and Writing for 4th grade. I completed my Master's Degree in Education with a certification in Special Ed in 2005. I am currently attending Seton Hall University's online Master's Program working toward a degree in Educational Management, Leadership and Policy.

Prior to coming to Mendham Township, I taught Pre-School and Kindergarten in a Montessori and traditional mixed school in Madison. In the summers when most teachers are resting up, I am the Director of Summer Adventures Day Camp located on the campus of Oak Knoll School in Summit.

Degrees and Certifications:

BS Early Childhood/Elementary Education; Masters of Education; Special Education Certification

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Mrs. Amanda Marinaro

About the Teacher

Hello! I’m Mrs. Marinaro and I have been fortunate enough to gain experience in every grade level K-5 over the last 7 years, primarily as a Resource Room/Inclusion teacher. My journey to the classroom actually began as a soccer coach and trainer in my early teens. I loved volunteering and working with children so much I decided to turn it into a career! This went on even through college, sprinkling in working at day camps as a counselor and eventually a director. After graduating from The University of Tampa and teaching in Florida for a year, I returned to the motherland and have been back in New Jersey ever since. Over the years, I have been able to take my experience, combined with pieces of all the things I love (art, music, literature, nature, etc.) and create a well rounded educational platform for students that imparts knowledge beyond the book. Making a point to learn about student’s interests and needs paired with using not only a multisensory, but a multifaceted approach to education, my students achieve success, growth and most importantly - confidence. The joys of teaching have taught and given me so much in return. That being said, the 2019-2020 year may be the most exciting and educational one for me yet! It’s not only the start of my 3rd year as a Resource Room teacher at MTES, but my husband and I are welcoming our first little one in late September! 

When I’m not in the classroom, I spend as much time outdoors hiking, camping, canoeing, and attending concerts with my husband and dog, Sadie as possible! I also have a love for art, whether it be admiring it or attempting some myself. They bring balance to my life and we are excited to share these hobbies with our son in the future.

Looking forward to another wonderful year with my newly turned 2nd graders, get ready to work (and laugh)!




Associate in Liberal Arts, Concentration in Social Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-6, ESOL Endorsement


Elementary School Teacher in Grades K - 6 (NJ)

Students with Disabilities K-12 (NJ)

Elementary Education K-6 (FL)

Exceptional Student Education K-12 (FL)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement (FL)

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Mrs. Kristin Miller

About the Teacher

Hello! My name is Mrs. Kristin Miller. I graduated with a Special Education Degree from Bloomsburg University in May 2002. I have been a special education teacher in Mendham Township School District since September 2002. During that time, I have worked with a wide range of children, grades Pre-K to 5.


My duties here at MTES have been diverse, to say the least. A majority of my years at MTES has been spent teaching math and language arts in the resource room. However, my tenure has also included time as a pre-school teacher and working with another educator in a co-teaching environment. In 2005, I finished my masters program in education. Both my advanced schooling and my varied teaching assignments have contributed to my growth as an educator.


Outside of school, I spend my time with my husband, kids and dogs. We love to be outside, whenever we get the chance! My kids love animals, so we enjoy exploring nature or visiting a zoo to see all of the different animals. Watching my children grow and learn has taught me so much about myself and has brought me so much joy! Being a mother has also enabled me to understand better the needs of not only the children in my care, but their parents’ concerns as well. I am truly a different person from the graduate who walked into MTES in 2002.


I am excited about this upcoming school year! I can't wait to learn about your children, hear all of their individual stories, and help make their year both happy and academically successful. It is going to be a fabulous year!