Grade 5

Mrs. Kim BaRoss ~ Math

Mrs. BaRoss began her teaching career in 1978 by teaching first graders in Douglas, Georgia for four years. In 1981, Mrs. BaRoss moved to the Atlanta area where she taught 5th grade for four more years. Since 1985, Mrs. BaRoss has been employed by Mendham Township Board of Education where she taught self-contained classrooms in Grades 1, 2, 3, and 5 at the elementary school and Grade 5 Math at the middle school. Mrs. BaRoss earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1978. In 1980, she earned her Masters of Science Degree (MS) in Elementary Education from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. In 1984, while teaching in DeKalb County (Atlanta) she received her Education Specialist Degree (EdS) in Middle Grades Education and Economics Education from Georgia State University. Mrs. BaRoss feels blessed to have known her career path since she was a young child. Beginning in first grade she could be seen with a piece of chalk in her hand ‘teaching’ her infant sister how to read and do math. She feels honored to have been given this gift of teaching. It is truly her passion. Outside of school, Mrs. BaRoss loves to spend time with her family, connect with old friends, and travel every chance she gets.

Mr. Craig Clausen ~ Science

Mr. Clausen has been teaching in the Mendham Township School District since 2001.He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University where he studied environmental education.He earned his teaching certification from the College of Saint Elizabeth and his Master of Arts degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.Mr. Clausen also coaches the middle school boys volleyball and baseball teams.He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, tending to his garden, music, and cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Yankees, Jets, and Nittany Lions.

Ms. Maria Doto ~ Language Arts (Writing)

Ms. Doto began her career as an educator in 1973, joining the Mendham Township Middle School teaching staff in 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from William Paterson University and a Master of Arts degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. Throughout Ms. Doto’s teaching career, she has taught third grade, fifth grade, and basic skills in reading and math. Ms. Doto’s prides herself on meeting the intellectual, emotional and social needs of her students both inside and out of her classroom.

Mrs. Elizabeth Hollman ~ Spanish

Mrs. Elizabeth Hollman is a native Spanish speaker and is excited to join MTMS. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with minors in English & Ethnic Studies and her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Bloomsburg University. Throughout Mrs. Hollman’s teaching career, she has taught grades K-12. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, photography and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Erica Hays ~ Language Arts (Literature)

Mrs. Hays earned an Associate degree in Photography from County College of Morris, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Rutgers University, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from University of Phoenix. She has been working in the district since 2006 teaching fifth grade Language Arts. Mrs. Hays believes that every child deserves to know they are valued as unique, capable, human beings. She believes when students share an atmosphere of respect and belonging, they can take the risks necessary for academic and personal growth. She loves to incorporate music and technology into her classroom and looks forward to giving away many smelly stickers. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Hays enjoys spending time outside with her family and her dachshund.

Mrs. Amanda Porter ~ World Language

Mrs. Amanda Porter is a 2004 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University; earning a BS in K-12 Spanish Education and a minor in International Studies. Mrs. Porter studied abroad in high school and college in Seville, Spain, where she experienced total immersion in the Spanish language and culture. Mrs. Porter was excited to join the MTMS teaching staff in 2016, bringing many years of experience and a passion for teaching world languages to middle level learners. Mrs. Porter believes in the importance of making connections with students that extend beyond the school walls. She is currently an active member of FLENJ, the advisor of a Jump, Stunt, and Tumble Cheerleading Club at MTMS and the Head Coach of the nationally ranked Varsity Competitive Cheerleading Team at Mendham High School.

Miss Megan Ryan ~ Social Studies

Miss Ryan began teaching in 2015 at Mendham Township Middle School. During her first year, she was a seventh and eighth grade special education teacher. She then transitioned to teach fifth grade social studies in 2016. Miss Ryan graduated from Providence College with a degree in Special Education as well as Elementary Education. She believes that a warm, accepting, and respectful environment is the key for students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Miss Ryan is very passionate about teaching and feels lucky to be able to spend her days at her dream job!

Mr. Matthew Smoot ~ Math

Matt Smoot has been teaching in the Mendham Township School District for over 25 years. He joined the middle school staff in the social studies department in 1996 and now serves as the grade 5 Basic Skills Teacher.

Grade 5 Special Events

Heritage Celebration Festival

The Heritage Celebration Festival complements the fifth grade social studies lessons on immigration and the novel study in language arts, Number the Stars. It is designed to encourage students to learn about and celebrate their backgrounds thereby building their self esteem. The Heritage Celebration Festival includes: student presentations, parent presentations, and a delicious smorgasbord.


Minisink is a three-day, two-night trip to Fairview Lake that provides a firsthand environmental educational experience for fifth grade students.

BEAUTIFUL Fairview Lakes! Camp Minisink.

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