Board of Directors
Our Board is made up of parents and business people passionately interested in education. We are a local, grass roots group, with board members living in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Mebane.
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
- Approve all new hires/approve all employee terminations
- Create and revise school and board policies
- Fund raise for the school
The board does not deal with the day to day operations of the school. Day to day items (such as teacher performance, car circle, and school activities) need to be discussed with appropriate school personnel.
To contact the board of directors, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bessie Mbadugha (Hillsborough, NC)
Dr. Bessie Mbadugha earned her bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and English at Lafayette College and her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Emory University. Bessie’s professional career has included a postdoctoral fellowship in the Drug Discovery Training Program at Northwestern University and professorships at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and UNC-Chapel Hill. She is currently on a hiatus from academia to devote time to her family, which includes a 6th grader and a 1st grader at The Expedition School. Bessie is thrilled to be a member of the School Board and enjoys participating in the development of this wonderful community.
Spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, writing, foreign and indie films, volunteering and running are among Bessie’s interests. Dr. Bessie Mbadugha is a lifelong learner who enjoys all of the fascinating new experiences that life has to offer.
Velinda Hatcher (Chapel Hill, NC)
Ms. Hatcher graduated from Tuskegee Institute receiving a Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education. She has taught third through sixth grades in traditional, multi-age, and looping settings for 34 years. She retired in July, 2012, last serving in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District for 28 years.
She is a board member of the non-profit organization Pregnancy Support Services(PSS), a volunteer tutor twice a week, a long standing Sunday School teacher, and a Blue Ribbon Task Force Mentor. Velinda enjoys reading, musicals,scrapbooking, spending time with friends and family, and learning new things.
Jim Parker (Hillsborough, NC)
Active in the community and owner of Summitt Engineering, Jim aims to make a positive impact on the school at large. He looks forward to applying his business knowledge and engineering passion towards the success of The Expedition School.
Ms. 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 (Hillsborough, NC)
Mr. 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.
Christie Norris serves as the Director of Carolina K-12 at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she develops curriculum and designs professional development programs for K-12 teachers around the state. 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 PS38. She is excited to join the Expedition School family, both as a board member and as the parent of a Kindergartner.
Click HERE for TES Policies (approved by the TES Board)
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
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.