Board of Directors

About the TES Board of Directors 

As a charter school, The Expedition School is governed by its own Board of Directors, a local, volunteer group comprised of education professionals, business leaders, former K-12 teachers, parents, and community members. They share a passion for K-12 education and a deep commitment to seeing TES succeed to its highest potential. The board of director’s primary responsibilities are:

  • Assure the school follows the mission as written in the charter
  • Assure financial accountability and financial stability of the school
  • Make spending choices and set salaries
  • Hire and Evaluate the Director of Education and Curriculum
  • Create and revise school and board policies
  • Fundraise and develop partnerships for the school

Please note the board is not responsible for the day to day operations of the school. Please address classroom and operational issues with your child’s teacher, administration, or other appropriate school personnel.

If you are interested in serving on the TES Board of Directors, please e-mail for more information.

Meet the TES Board

Susan Halkiotis (President) | Hillsborough, NC

Susan Halkiotis has been a long time advocate for strengthening the science and technology curriculum for youngsters in grades K-12. She was a member of the Orange County Board of Education for over eight years, and has served on numerous area task forces and committees charged with improving educational opportunities for students. She is a graduate of Duke University, where she has been associated with the Center for Neuroengineering and the Department of Neurobiology for 15 years. Susan most enjoys spending her down-time with her family, especially her four young grandsons.

Howard Rhodes (Vice President) | Hillsborough, NC

Howard Rhodes is an attorney who serves public and private corporate clients in the areas of civil litigation, corporate law, and real estate. Prior to becoming an attorney, Howard was a professor of religion and philosophy at the University of Iowa and Rutgers University. For three years, he was also an adjunct professor of law, teaching classes on Constitutional law as well as the law of armed conflict. He holds a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Howard and his wife Aimee have had two daughters at TES since it opened its doors. He happily plays mediocre golf, loves to cycle and swim, and is an avid fan of European soccer. 

Matt Panning (Secretary) | Hillsborough, NC

Matt is a chemical engineer who works in the biopharmaceutical field, specializing in manufacturing, capital projects, and process engineering.  He works in RTP at Humacyte, a regenerative medicine and tissue engineering company.  He was trained at the University of Cincinnati and North Carolina State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering.  He is passionate about the value of science and education as a tool for the development and enrichment of our lives.  Matt and his wife, Amanda, have a daughter in 6th grade at TES, as well as an older son.  They are long time residents of Hillsborough, where you can find them on the trails at Occoneechee with their two dogs, or trying to keep up with weeds in their garden.

 Christie Norris | Chapel Hill, NC

Christie Norris serves as the Director of Carolina K-12 at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she designs and facilitates professional development programs and retreats for K-12 public school teachers in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, as well as writes middle and high school curriculum. She previously served as an Education Policy Fellow with the NC Public School Forum, is the 2020 recipient of the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, and currently serves on the Humanities for the Public Good Steering Committee at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a teacher advocate and is committed to issues of equity in education, culturally responsive teaching and socio emotional learning. Prior to joining Carolina K-12 in 2006, Christie taught social studies in Durham Public Schools, and previously served as the assistant director of an educational nonprofit in New York City’s Roberto Clemente Learning Center at PS38. She is also the parent of a Lego-obsessed 2nd grader.

Sean-Colbert Lewis | Durham, NC

Dr. Colbert-Lewis is an associate professor of history and the Director of Teacher Education for the History Department at North Carolina Central University, where he teaches social studies methodology courses for elementary and middle grades education majors. He is also a National Board Certified social studies teacher and a licensed North Carolina school principal. He has extensive experience as a multicultural educator and has conducted research on assisting teacher-candidates during their mandatory field practicum on how to create lessons in history, math, science, and language arts that promote learning with an emphasis on equity. He also serves as an active diversity and equity consultant where he continues to conduct workshops to assist educators and administrators (from the P-16 grade levels) striving to teach and make educational policy decisions with a multicultural/feminist lens. Dr. Colbert-Lewis holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from Virginia Tech University and a PhD in Education that combines the disciplines of Educational Leadership Policy Studies and Social Studies Education from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He is thrilled to work with The Expedition School to address issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Rosemary Wellons | Mebane, NC

Rosemary was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Language Arts and Social Studies. She has an add-on North Carolina license in Gifted and Talented Education, K-12. Prior to joining the staff at University United Methodist Preschool as Director in 2020, Rosemary taught Language Arts and Social Studies at Carrington Middle School in Durham and served as both a teacher and the Director of Bible Church Preschool in Chapel Hill for ten years. She is currently the President of the Durham Orange Preschool Association. Rosemary passionately believes in equity in education, research based developmentally appropriate practice, and encouraging social and emotional learning in the classroom. She is Conscious Discipline trained and certified. In her spare time, Rosemary loves reading, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends. Rosemary and her husband have one son who is an upper school student at TES.   

 Board Committees

TES Board Committees are small and instrumental working groups with a board member that serves as chair, as well as a second (and sometimes third) board member as a participant. Internal and external community members with expertise in the committee’s area of focus are at times recruited to serve on Board committees. 

If you are interested in attending a Board committee meeting, please view upcoming meeting dates here.

Contact the Board

Attendance is welcomed at our monthly meetings, typically held on every third Thursday at 6:00 PM at The Expedition School. If the third Thursday falls on a holiday, then the board meeting is usually held the Thursday before. To contact the board of directors, e-mail

Board Policies

Click HERE for a list of TES Policies (approved by the TES Board)

Board Strategic Plan 2020


 Recent Board Communication

Trust, credibility, transparency, and communication are key to the health of a school community, and the Board is eager to ensure the TES community feels informed and connected to the decisions being considered and made. In addition to the availability of Board meeting minutes, updates from the TES Board are sent several times each year. For previous Board communication, click below.

August 2019

September 2019

December 2019

February 2020

March 2020

June 2020

June 2020 #2

June 2020 #3

Board Meetings and Minutes

Meetings are usually scheduled every third Thursday at 6:00 PM.  If  the third Thursday falls on a holiday, then the board meeting will be the Thursday before.

Location: 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278

If you are unable to access any of the files below or would like to request additional information, please contact (Please note that since minutes cannot be posted until they are approved by the Board at the following month’s meeting, there is a four week lapse between minutes being taken, officially approved and posted.)

Video from Board Meeting 7/16/2020

6/18/2020 Minutes

5/21/2020 Minutes

4/16/2020 Minutes

3/19/2020 Minutes

2/20/2020 Minutes

1/14/2020 Minutes

CLICK HERE to access board minutes from 2019.

CLICK HERE to access board minutes from 2018.

CLICK HERE to access board minutes from 2017.

CLICK HERE to access board minutes from 2016.

CLICK HERE to access board minutes from 2015.

CLICK HERE to access board minutes from 2014.

CLICK HERE to access board minutes from 2013.

CLICK HERE to view our Diversity in Hiring Effort

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