“I feel that I’m challenged in all the things I’m good at, and supported everywhere I need help”
Meet Our SAS Teachers
Daniel Mertsch Department Chair
Originally from Essen, Germany, Daniel Mertsch is a veteran of teaching at CH-CH. A father of two whom loves sports and playing with his dog Roscoe, Daniel is the Director of the Skills and Academic Support Department at CH-CH.
What brought you to CH-CH?
I wasn’t really happy with public school programming in the U.S. since there was too strict a structure and no room for creative freedom in my teaching. At CH-CH, I felt I had a lot more creative license and more time to work with students.
Ashley Balaconis has made an enormous positive impact on her students and our community. Growing up in Roslindale, MA, Ashley grew up rooting for the Syracuse basketball team with her father. As an SAS teacher, Ashley loves witnessing the small successes that happen every day, and seeing her students grow from 9th grade to graduation.
What brought you to CH-CH?
Going to private school myself, I really enjoyed the idea of creating my own curriculum and getting to know the individual student in a way that's not easily done in public school.
Bekah LaCoste is one of the energetic members of the Skills and Academic Support Department (SAS), as well as the new director of our drama performance program.
How did you decide to explore education as a career path?
Since kindergarten, as weird as it is, I've always wanted to be a math teacher. I always thought being a teacher was the greatest job ever. NYU (New York University) has an educational theatre program which is not only about teaching theatre, but also about using theatre as a catalyst in core curriculum.
Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School is a small, coeducational college preparatory school dedicated to teaching the way students learn. Our faculty, over 70% of whom have advanced degrees, offers instruction tailored to individual learning styles and strengths, empowering our students to achieve their potential. Our multiple intelligences approach to teaching and learning both values and addresses the different ways students learn. Our curriculum challenges and engages students, with support seamlessly integrated into the classes and culture of the School. All our students are accepted into college or university with an emphasis on finding the best fit for their ambitions and interests. Diversity thrives in a social climate of acceptance. A dynamic mix of day and boarding students energizes our campus and creates opportunities for students to engage with each other in the arts, athletics, campus activities and community service. Our alumni/ae describe their experience at CH-CH as truly transformational. Our private, independent school is located ten miles from Boston.