Related Arts Teachers
Mr. Angulo-Pizarro - Music / Chorus Teacher
"Mr. A-P" earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Delaware. He has previously worked at schools in Belvidere, Orange, Dover, and Hackettstown. His choir students have successfully auditioned for County, Region, and All-State Choirs and have performed at prestigious venues such as the Empire State Building and Carnegie Hall. In addition to being a highly passionate music teacher, Ignacio is also the tenor Choral Scholar and Director of Children’s Music at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. He and his wife, Raphaela, live in Morristown and can often be found watching The Office or eating at Chipotle.
Mr. Branch - Band Teacher
Mrs. CasaGrande - Computer Teacher
Mrs. CasaGrande has been teaching for over 22 years. She began teaching at MTMS in 1998. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She also holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. Mrs. CasaGrande believes her background in mathematics has fostered her love for technology. Mrs. CasaGrande uses a hands-on approach to expose her students to a variety of technology tools and resources needed in our ever changing digital world. Mrs. CasaGrande also works with the Gurus to create the Bulldog News Program and highlight special school events throughout the year.
Mr. DePugh - Physical Education / Health / Athletic Director
Mr. DePugh joined the Mendham Township teaching staff in 2015. He earned a BS from the University of Maryland in Kinesiology in 2013 and spent much of his senior year learning from the Washington Nationals baseball strength and conditioning coach. Prior to teaching, Mr. DePugh spent 6 years at Parisi Speed School in Morristown and Sparta-serving as director of the Sparta facility in 2014. In addition to teaching Health and Physical education classes, Mr. DePugh also serves as the schools Athletic Director, Boys' Basketball coach, and Cross Country coach.
Ms. Hare - Art Teacher
Francesca Hare began her teaching career at Williams College in 1998, then moved to a charter high school in Hoboken before finally arriving at MTMS in 2005. Ms. Hare loves sharing her enthusiasm for art with students and in particular enjoys taking her painting class to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to sketch from master works of art. Ms. Hare has undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine art. When not in the classroom Ms. Hare can be found riding horses, her second passion.
Mr. Mahadeen - Band Teacher Director
Michael Mahadeen, a conductor, educator, composer, and multiple woodwind instrumentalist, is the Assistant Director of the Symphony of Winds and Percussion at New Jersey City University, has served on the faculty at Montclair State University, and can regularly be found on the music team of various professional, community, and educational theater organizations. Michael graduated with honors from the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, where he double majored in Music Education/Music Theory and Composition. He was a recipient of the 2010 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award and the Montclair State University Excellence in Orchestra Award. Michael is very excited to teach at Mendham Township Middle School where he shares his experiences as an active professional in American popular music and jazz with our music students , broadening their perspectives and appreciation of the art form.
Ms. Sodora - Physical Education / Health