Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Joe Avampato – Program Director

Joe Avampato is a certified special education teacher who is currently pursuing his master’s in leadership in teaching with an administrator certification. Joe holds a certification in secondary special education and secondary social studies. He received his BA in History from the University of Delaware. Joe joined the High Road team in 2011 as a classroom teacher at the High Road School of Perryville and has since served in administrative roles in Baltimore City, Harford County, Anne Arundel County, and now Cecil County. Joe seeks to pair social emotional learning with appropriate academic interventions in a highly structured setting. Joe is a musician and huge music fan, who is frequently found on weekends performing in the Baltimore area.

Michael Mertz

Michael Mertz is a special educator who is currently pursuing his Masters in Special Education.  He graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in 2004, and has worked in special and alternative education settings over the last 13 years.  Mr. Mertz has worked in several different schools including the Glen Mills School for Boys, The Daniel Boone Transitional School in Northern Philadelphia, Simon Gratz High School in Northern Philadelphia, and started as a teacher with Catapult Learning at our Kent County Maryland location in 2013.  This is his first year in an Associate Director position in the Cecil County School.  Mr. Mertz believes that all students have the ability and capability to be successful.  Through accountable, personalized, individual, rigorous academic and behavioral interventions teachers are able to bring out the best in the students they service.  Despite being an advocate for the school and our students, Mr. Mertz is a lifelong football fan.  He can usually be found watching, playing, or coaching the sport he grew up playing in and around the area.