Summer At Chase Staff
Ray Behr- Beyond-Beyond Basketball
Mr. Behr has directed the Beyond-Beyond Basketball Clinic for the last 30 years. He served as Chase’s Athletic Director for many years, and currently teaches Physical Education in the Lower School. He has also coached the varsity girls’ basketball, coaches the boys’ varsity baseball, and the cross-country teams, winning numerous titles in both Hudson Valley and CISAC conferences over the years.
Andrea Carter - Mixed Media, Ceramics
A veteran of Summer At Chase, Andrea Carter has been an art teacher at Chase Collegiate School for many years. She has taught in all three divisions, and has offered classes in both two and three-dimensional forms of expression. She has a B.S. in Art Education and minor in Photography, and a M.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics and drawing.
Victoria Cheske- Beginners Softball, Intermediate Softball
Suiting up since Little League, Tori has been playing competitive softball for thirteen years and is currently playing for the Division 1 College of the Holly Cross. She has been pitching for over nine years and has worked to refine her skills needed for the next level. Not only is she well-versed in the mechanics and mentalities necessary to be successful, but is also familiar with fundamental and advanced techniques for each level, from picking up a bat to signing the National Letter of Intent.
Karen Coppola- Amazing Animals
Karen Coppola has been a teacher at Chase for 14 years. She presently teaches first grade and has also worked with children of different grade levels. Karen has discovered that children love to learn about animals, and it has become one of her favorite topics to teach. Karen hopes to share her passion for animal welfare to the students she teaches.
Heather Erha- Building Fluency Through Poetry, Food, Flubber and Fun
Ms. Erha has worked in both private and public schools for the past four years. She has taught third and fourth grade for two years, along with being a Title One Tutor for all elementary school grades. Ms. Erha has a strong background in reading, writing, and math. She graduated with a BS in Psychology and a MA in Elementary Education. Ms. Erha is currently pursing her second certification in ELL/ESL.
Mary Jane Herwig – The Write Stuff, Spectacular Science
Mary Jane Herwig has been a faculty member of the Lower School at Chase Collegiate School for thirty-two years. Along with being a second grade classroom teacher, she has worked with all levels of elementary students. She brings a strong background in language arts, science, math and social studies to the classroom. Mary Jane teaches the academics with an emphasis on student cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control. During the summer, it is often a challenge to separate all the serious learning from all the fun!
Maryellen Holden - Study Skills
Mrs. Holden will be starting her 34th year at Chase this fall. A Summer At Chase veteran, she served as the Chair of the Foreign Language Department for many years. She teaches Spanish in the Upper School, having taught all levels of the language from Spanish I through A.P.
Velya Jancz-Urban - “How Cool Is That?!
Mrs. Jancz-Urban taught English and History at Ridgefield High School and for eight years was the elementary Gifted/Enrichment teacher for Regional School District #12. She recently returned to the U.S. after living in Brazil. She created “How Cool Is That” (Hands-On Science) because today’s young people will vote on policies – stem-cell research, nuclear power, global warming, and teaching evolution – that hinge on an understanding of science. Due to the new importance placed on standardized testing, there often isn’t enough time in a school day for hands-on activities.
Tomas Kopecky- Tennis
Tomas Kopecky is the Science Chair and a chemistry teacher at Chase. A formally ranked junior player in his native Czechoslovakia, he played varsity tennis at Boston University and coached boys Chase varsity team for seven years.
Ashley Lutter- Discovery Days
Ms. Lutter holds a BA in Education from Emmanuel College and is the science coordinator for grades preK-3 at Chase. Ashley has previously taught first grade at Chase Collegiate and was one of the directors of Discovery Days during the 2012 summer.
Brianna Lutter- Discovery Days, Camp Invention
Brianna Lutter hold a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has taught third and fourth grade in Alaska as well as second grade in Connecticut. Ms. Lutter is looking forward to spending time with our youngest campers in Discovery Days as well as directing Camp Invention!
Meaghan Macary - 1-2-3 Math, Math Workshop, SSAT Math
Mrs. Macary, a Chase alumna, is coming back for her 13th year teaching math courses at Summer At Chase. During the school year, she is a math teacher at Crosby High School. She has thirteen years of teaching experience, two of those in Rhode Island.
Megan Perez- International Cooking
Megan Perez teaches Spanish at Chase Collegiate School to children PreK-5th and occasionally a class in the Upper School. She loves to travel with her husband and two young daughters. Their most recent destinations include the state of Maine and the country of Spain. Her other favorite hobbies are cooking, baking, and gardening.
Karl Schwoerke – Algebra I, Algebra II, Soccer, Ultimate FrisbeeMr. Schwoerke is one of our veteran teachers having taught at Chase since 1989. A graduate of Hartwick College, he has taught all levels of math from Algebra I to Precalculus.
Mary Sharnick- Step "Write" Up, Powerful Writing
Mary Donnarumma Sharnick has been writing ever since the day she printed her long name on her first library card. A writer of historical fiction and memoir, Mary graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in English literature and earned a master’s degree in Renaissance studies from Trinity College, Hartford. She was awarded a fiction scholarship to the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference in 2004. Fascinated by la Serenissima and the islands of the Venetian Lagoon since her first visit in 1969, Mary has returned to Venice numerous times. A Solo Writer’s Fellowship from the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation afforded her the opportunity to live and write in Venice during July, 2010. Mary teaches writing and chairs the English Department at Chase. With her husband Wayne, she leads her writing students on “slow travel” tours of Italy, the country she considers her second home. Mary’s novel, THIRST, is published by Fireship Press (www.fireshippress.com). She is presently drafting the first in a anticipated trilogy of historical novels. Her non-fiction pieces have been published in Southern Humanities Review, American Journal of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias, Healing Ministry, America, Voices in Italian Americana, and other journals. Mary has presented at a number of conferences, among them Auburn University Writers’ Conference, Auburn, AL; American Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Boston, MA; American Italian Historical Association, New Haven, CT; Mark Twain Authors’ Weekend, Hartford, CT. You may contact Mary at www.marydonnarummasharnick.com