Mrs. Joann Mertz


I was born and raised in Central New Jersey and relocated last year to Midlothian, Virginia and was blessed to find a place like BSH to call home. I am the lower school STEAM teacher and first grade instructional assistant this year. I attended Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. I was a visual arts teacher at St. Benedict School in Holmdel, NJ for 20 years. Previously, I was an art director at AT&T Laboratories and was also an assistant teacher in a Kindergarten classroom for 7 years. My passion for art has led me to open my own business offering paint-and-sip events, painting parties for children, and private art lessons.

I have three amazing children, Ashley, Hannah, and Shane. I love spending time with my girls, who live in VA, and I enjoy visiting my son in Chicago. In my free time, I enjoy painting, baking and reading. I am going to officially be a grandmother this year in March of 2020! My daughter, Hannah, and her husband, Billy, are expecting their first child early March!