Special Education Staff
Mrs. Elizabeth Barter ~ Special Education/ In-Class Support
Mrs. Nancy Brychta ~ Special Education/ In-Class Support
Mrs. Brychta has been teaching in the Mendham Township School District since 1992. Presently, she is an in-class support teacher at MTMS. Prior to that she worked at MTES as a pre-school teacher where she co-developed the district’s first pre-school program and piloted the first in-class support program. Before coming to Mendham Township, Mrs. Brychta was an elementary teacher for 10 years, owned and operated her own daycare center and taught dance therapy for children with special needs. In 2002, she received a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University.
Mrs. Corinne Butler ~ Math
Ms. Melissa Lucia ~ Special Education/ In-Class Support
Ms. Lucia graduated from Montclair State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Child Studies and Elementary Education, K-6. She then enrolled at Centenary University where she received her Teacher of Students with Disabilities certificate. Ms. Lucia is currently pursuing her Master’s in Special Education. Ms. Lucia has worked primarily with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the Allegro School. She is very passionate about teaching and is excited to work at Mendham Township Middle School as a special education teacher. When she is not teaching, Ms. Lucia loves traveling, cooking, kickboxing, and spending time with her friends and family.
Ms. Carol Hueston ~ Special Education/ Language Arts
Carol Hueston has been teaching special education since 1999. Mrs. Hueston has been teaching at Mendham Township Middle School since 2001 as both a 7th and 8th grade resource room language arts teacher and an in-class support teacher for social studies. Mrs. Hueston earned a BS in Special Education and a BA in Elementary Education from Monmouth University where she also played lacrosse. She enjoys reading popular fiction and literature, and she encourages her students to love books. She started the girls’ lacrosse program at MTMS in 2002 and is currently the head coach of both the lacrosse and field hockey teams.
Ms. Noel Lazoricek ~ Special Education – In-Class Support
Ms. Lazoricek has been teaching at the Mendham Township Middle School since 1998. She previously spent a year and a half at the Elementary School. Ms. Lazoricek has a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Patterson University and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from NOVA Southeastern University. She currently provides academic support for grades 5 through eight and enjoys being a part of the middle school team.
Mrs. Charlene Pintado ~ Special Education - In-Class Support
Mrs. Pintado began teaching at Mendham Township Middle School in 2001. She has been an in class support teacher in grade five Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts since 2005. Mrs. Pintado
earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Kean University in 2001. She also holds a teaching certificate in Elementary Education. Prior to working at MTMS, Mrs. Pintado taught at The Matheny
School in Somerset County.
Ms. Hannah Tapia ~ Math (Special Education)
Mrs. Hannah Tapia graduated from Messiah College in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education. She filled a maternity leave at MTMS in the Special Education Department, and will now be teaching special education math and in class support. Mrs. Tapia believes that every child has potential that needs to be found. By teaching content through various methods, she strives to help all the students in her classroom succeed and believe in themselves. When she is not in school, she loves being outdoors and spending time with her friends and family. She is excited to be at MTMS and can’t wait to contribute to the school community
Mrs. Jennifer Vazquez ~ Language Arts (Special Education)
Mrs. Jennifer Vazquez has taught at Mendham Township Middle School since 2000. Prior to that, she taught in Jersey City and Philadelphia. Mrs. Vazquez received her undergraduate degree in Special Education and has her masters in Literacy and Reading, while working on her advanced degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a certified reading specialist and certified Wilson Reading Instructor. In her free time, Mrs. Vazquez loves to spend time with her family hiking, traveling, and cooking. She is an avid reader and loves to share her passion for reading and writing with students.