Tim Wells

Kindergarten Teacher

Self-described as a life-long learner, Tim Wells has over twenty years of teaching experience. He enjoys sharing his love of natural sciences, music, and outdoor learning with his students and colleagues. Having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science with an Education Concentration, Tim spent nine years teaching at the middle school level before moving to early childhood education. In addition to his work at TES, Tim teaches music lessons, performs traditional music professionally, hosts a weekly radio show for children, and runs a day camp out of his home with his wife during the summer and intersession breaks.  Tim and Susan live in Cedar Grove where they sometimes share their home with two grown children. 

Simone Mix

Teaching Assistant

Simone is a recent transplant from the mighty Midwest where she recently completed her Masters and student teaching in anticipation of becoming a Middle School English teacher. In an earlier career, she was an event planner and hospitality specialist. After the most recent school year, she has found joy in supporting Mr. Wells in his highly creative Kindergarten classroom! Ms. Mix is looking forward to another great year at TES.


Trev_mg_3081ia Woods

Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Woods has taught lower elementary grades in Colorado, China and Saudi Arabia before landing in the North Carolina. She and her son, Marcel, find TES to be similar to the International schools they attended making them feel right at home.  Ms. Woods has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and is currently working toward completing a certificate program to be an environmental educator. Ms. Woods is looking forward to engaging her future kindergartners in project based learning while taking advantage of TES’ wonderful proximity to Gold Park, the Riverwalk and overall Hillsborough community.

Grace Campbell

Teaching Assistant

Ms. Grace is a Georgia native who recently moved to North Carolina to be closer to family. After leading a preschool classroom at The Little School of Hillsborough for a year, she went on to pursue the completion of her bachelors in Social Work at North Carolina Central University. Ms. Grace is passionate about child development and has a strong appreciation for project based learning. She is looking forward to establishing lasting connections with students, parents and colleagues at TES!

Ashlynd Case

1-2 Teacher

A huge fan of project based learning and whole brain teaching, Ashlynd Case loves finding the best way for each student to learn and to make learning an authentic experience. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA and also a K-6 Licensure add on from NCCU. In her free time she enjoys hiking and going on adventures with her husband, daughter, and two step sons. 


Carly Hodges

Teaching Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!




Susan Wells

1-2 Teacher

Susan Wells has over 20 years experience working with students and adults in a variety teaching environments. She taught camps at Carolina Friends school for 15 years and was the After Hours Coordinator. Ms. Wells is also a ceramic artist and for many years taught pottery and sculpture classes to adults and children at local arts centers and her home studio. Ms. Wells is most excited about where art and science meet in creative and learning environments. She is passionate about creating Project Based Learning experiences that seamlessly encompass the STEM curriculum. When Ms. Wells is not knitting, sewing or walking her dog, she is playing music with her husband Tim.

Emily Gallo-Lopez

Teaching Assistant
Emily has recently relocated to Hillsborough from Tampa, FL. For the past 4 1/2 years, Emily worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at an EC Charter High School in Temple Terrace, FL working with students aged 14-22. Emily’s background is in dance, having performed professionally with The Richmond Ballet, Opera Tampa, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Emily is excited to be at TES and can’t wait to bring her passion and experience to the classroom. When Emily isn’t at TES or teaching dance, she enjoys working out, shopping, and going to Disney World as much as possible!

_mg_3216Amy Daniels

1-2 Teacher

Amy Daniels has over twenty-five years of teaching experience in public, charter and homeschool settings. Born in Durham, she graduated UNC-CH with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Education. After teaching fourth grade in Virginia for a year, she returned to Durham, finding her true love teaching first and second graders in Person and Durham counties. Amy was the Durham Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, Club Boulevard Teacher Assistant of the Year and also the first educator to pilot a multi-age 1st/2nd grade class for Durham Public Schools. Her enthusiasm for project-based learning and calm presence creates a classroom of engaged learners. Amy loves doing anything and everything with her family.

Marjorie Block

Teaching Assistant
Marjorie moved to North Carolina from New Hampshire in July to be closer to her parents. She is a retired special education teacher. For many years she worked in a two room school in rural Vermont. Marjorie graduated from high school and college in NC so she is happy to be living back in the area. She and her husband Phil have two grown daughters and two cats. 

Katie Boling

1-2 Teacher

Katie is a Hillsborough native, growing up in Hillsborough.  She loves all things Hillsborough, and is excited to see Hillsborough through the eyes of her students.  Katie taught four years at The Little School after attending ECU for Elementary Education.  She is excited to bring her passion for learning, and desire for student success to TES!  


DeAnne Crawford

Teaching Assistant

For the previous three years, DeAnne Crawford has worked with TES as support in the 1st/2nd grade classrooms. Prior to TES, she taught underprivileged kids in the Los Angeles Public School District.  She has experience working with grades K-4 as well as preschool aged children.  She and her family moved to NC several years ago.  As a fellow TES mom, she looks forward to supporting students, staff, and TES as a whole.  In her spare time DeAnne enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and running.

 Tash Copening

3-4 Teacher

Tash Copening graduated from Union College in Nebraska with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Business Administration. She then taught as a math interventionist and 4th grade teacher for 2 1/2 years in Lincoln Public Schools before coming to TES in 2015. For fun Tash loves to travel and have new experiences. She has had the privilege of seeing a great part of the United States, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Thailand, and Mexico and cannot wait for future travel destinations to add to her list.

Kathy Havens

Teaching Assistant

Kathy and her husband recently moved to Chapel Hill from Buckeye Country. She received both her B.S. and M.A. in elementary education from The Ohio State University with an emphasis on early literacy. Kathy spent her career teaching in a suburban school district adjacent to Columbus. During her teaching career her passions included: The Responsive Classroom, Project Based Learning, Early Literacy, and Children’s Literature. After retiring in 2015, she found she missed the joyful hustle and bustle of an elementary school. Kathy is thrilled to have found The Expedition School and loves her new role as a Teaching Assistant.

Sue Willis

3-4 Teacher

Sue Willis has a background as a research scientist in genetics and was drawn to elementary classrooms after having her own children.  She received her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from The University of Chicago. She also completed the Teacher Preparation Program from Duke University and has been trained in the Responsive Classroom method. Before coming to TES in 2014, Sue taught 3rd and 4th grade at Central Park School in Durham. She is an avid reader and looks forward to discovering and exploring new worlds with the students.

Tiffany Monroe

Teaching Assistant

Tiffany is from Massachusetts and has lived in North Carolina for 4 years. She has been working in the education field for over 16 years as a classroom teacher, long term substitute teacher, and site manager in a before and after-school (STEM) enrichment program. Tiffany is excited to be part of the project based learning here at TES and is looking forward to assisting a well-balanced and supportive learning environment where students’ unique goals and needs are met. Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult sons, Chris and Ben.

Erin McInerney

3-4 Teacher

After a year of teaching 5th grade math in Indiana, Erin McInerney is excited to return to TES! A 2015 graduate of Duke University, Erin has student taught in Durham and at TES before working here as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. She is excited to return to the project based learning philosophy and the wonderful families and faculty that form the community of The Expedition School. In her free time, she enjoys watching Jeopardy and anything Duke sports related!

Bamborough Kelly

Teaching Assistant

Bamborough moved here from Georgia in 2012 to be near family. She has over 12 years of experience in education working as a teacher assistant with exceptional children and as a preschool teacher at the Little School at Duke where project-based learning was encouraged. Her joy is watching students learn through exploration. She is glad to be a part of TES and looks forward to supporting her teachers and students. A home-school mom of her 5 children, she loves being in nature, especially near water and trees. Singing and playing music is an  activity she enjoys with friends.

Kelly Evans

3-4 Teacher

Kelly recently graduated from Appalachian State University’s College of Education with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm, curiosity, and high energy to her classroom. While growing up, Kelly lived all over the country but considers herself from Colorado. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys hiking, skiing, scuba diving, and yoga. Kelly loves to travel and believes she can bring her experiences from places like Cuba and Italy to expand and enhance global awareness in her classroom.

Sonja Avena

Teaching Assistant
Bio Coming Soon!

Angie Archbold

5th Teacher

Ms. Archbold loves to instill a love for investigative learning in her students. She previously taught in schools in Chapel Hill, London, Madrid and Valencia. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of East London. One of our resident British experts, Ms. Archbold enjoys reading and traveling the world.


Gemma Bladon

5th Teacher

Ms. Bladon started her career in England, where she trained to teach after obtaining her original degree in Theater and Performing Arts. After working initially with children requiring additional needs, Ms. Bladon moved into mainstream classrooms where she had her first opportunity to teach in America. This fueled her love of travel and international mindedness in the classroom. After more years in England, she then moved to an International School in Qatar. In her spare time she likes to garden, read and generally be outdoors with her best friend, her puppy. Ms. Bladon’s passions are teaching, animals, and nature.

Laura Velkey

6th Grade

Laura Velkey graduated with a B.S. in Elem Ed from Belhaven College in Jackson, MS.  Laura taught in the gifted program through Jackson Public Schools for several years.  In 2004, Laura and her husband bought an organic blueberry farm in Cedar Grove, NC.  During the school year, Laura was a T.A. at Estes Hills Elementary in Chapel Hill. In 2011, Laura and her family relocated to Fairhope, AL. Laura organized and led homeschool groups for her youngest son and other 4th-6th graders. She then taught 1st-4th grade at a small, private progressive school in Fairhope.  Laura and her family have moved back to the area to be closer to her family. They have a small farm outside of Carrboro. She is looking forward to family dinners & teaching at TES! 

Tara Mortimer

6th Grade

Tara Mortimer, a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, has lived in Hillsborough for 4 years. She is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Teaching from North Carolina State University. Previously, Tara was an elementary teacher in Honduras. Her passion is to help students become real-world problem solvers through collaboration and creative thinking. Tara enjoys coffee, reading, and spending time in nature. She currently lives on a bison farm with her husband and three dogs.

Kirsten Alderdice

7th/8th ELA

Ms. Alderdice received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Boston University and holds AP certification from College Board as well as English as a Second Language certification. She has coached both men’s and women’s high school tennis teams.  Before attending college in Massachusetts, Kirsten grew up in Charlotte, NC.  She currently lives in Hillsborough and enjoys reading and working out.


Sara Riek

7th/8th Social Studies

Ms. Riek begins her third year teaching at TES. Previously, Ms. Riek taught Language Arts & Social Studies at Lakewood Montessori Middle School in Durham, where she has been a member of the school leadership committee, led the Model United Nations club and also been nominated twice for Teacher of the Year. She is passionate about meeting the needs of every student and has received extensive training in differentiation from her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Xavier.  She has inspired her students in the past to identify, research and then get active regarding the topic of inequality in America.

Megan Havjok

7th/8th Mathematics

Mrs. Havjok has taught second and third grade in Los Angeles.  She loves project based learning, stem activities, and facilitating the way for students to take ownership of their learning and discovery.  Mrs. Havjok has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and an Emphasis in Special Education.  She recently took her Middle School Math Praxis test and is now NC credentialed to teach through 9th grade math.  Outside school she enjoys hiking, travel, reading, and trying new food.

Elizabeth Stabenow

7th/8th Science

Elizabeth Stabenow  received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management in Resource Ecology. Before coming to TES in 2016, she had previously taught in the Chapel-Hill Carrboro school district and most recently, has been the Education Director at the Eno River Association. She was also the director of Backyard Science STEM, where she taught mini-camps and weeklong summer programs on STEM topics ranging from wildlife explorations to MakerSpace engineering programs.  Ms. Liz brings her enthusiasm for learning and creative energy to TES.

_mg_0248Susan Humbert

EC Director & Teacher

Susan has been the EC Director at The Expedition School since TES opened its doors. Susan holds a Master’s in Special Education and a Master’s Certification in Autism. She has over 13 years of experience working in charter schools and was a founding member and EC Director of North East Carolina Prep Charter in Tarboro, NC. She is also a parent of a son with Autism, so she is familiar with the challenges that the AU Spectrum holds. 


_mg_3660Emily Green

EC Teacher

Emily Green loves teaching and enjoys helping students achieve academic and social success. Emily is originally from New York and moved to fabulous North Carolina last summer. She attended school in Newburgh, New York where she studied Social Studies and Special Education.


Amy Hagaman

EC Teacher

Amy is a North Carolina native who loves cats and singing. Teaching is a second career for her. In her previous life (before kids), she was a network manager. She homeschooled her oldest son, who is on the autism spectrum, and ended up staying home with her children for 12 years. It was during that time that she discovered her love for teaching and, specifically, working with children who have special needs. She has an extensive knowledge, both personally and professionally, of the needs of those who are on the autism spectrum.

Rachel Harris

Intervention Specialist

Rachel started at The Expedition School in 2015, bringing with her over 20+ years of teaching experience in Minnesota and North Carolina.  Rachel desires for all children to be successful, and it’s the “a-ha” moments children have that keep her going. Rachel lives in Apex with her husband and five children, including Ayden and Amara – both at TES. Rachel loves traveling to the beach and the mountains with her family.


Carrie Goldbeck

EC Teaching Assistant

Carrie Goldbeck is excited to be starting her 5th year at TES in the EC department! She lives in Cedar grove with her 3 dogs and menagerie of other pets! Carrie also owns a martial arts school in Hillsborough and loves teaching students of all ages. She also enjoys helping out her community as volunteer fire fighter and emergency medical technician.

Ashley Horton

EC Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Horton is a native of North Carolina and currently lives in Rougemont with her husband and two dogs. She has worked in a middle school  for the past 9 years before becoming a member of TES. Mrs. Horton graduated from Appalachian State with a bachelor’s degree in special education.



_mg_1153Jennifer Jordan

Speech Therapist

Jennifer has provided speech-language therapy services to students at TES for the past 4 years.  Jennifer obtained a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from UNC-Chapel Hill and has been in the field for 17 years.  Her private practice is called Jordan Speech Services, PLLC and she has provided therapy services in a variety of settings, including Wake County Public School System, Durham Public Schools, Head Start preschools, and homes.  In September 2016, Jennifer will receive a Social Thinking Clinical Training Certificate of Completion based on the concepts of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking methodology (www.socialthinking.com).  Jennifer’s passions in the field are celebrating differences and helping students to develop their social communication skills in small group and classroom environments.  Jennifer enjoys exploring nature through hiking and fishing with her family and sweet yellow Lab, Avery.  She lives with her husband, daughter (4rd grader at TES), and son (7th grader) in Efland.  www.jordanspeech.com

Alicia Kollmar

Occupational Therapist

Alicia received her occupational therapy degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2000. She grew up in Oregon, and after doing travel therapy around the country chose sunny North Carolina instead of returning to cloudy Portland. She has worked in district and charter schools in the area for both long-term and short-term contracts and has worked with children who very diverse needs. She loves learning new ways to help her students and spends time keeping up with new therapy toys, technologies, and research. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, gardening, home improvement, and doing crafty projects.

Photos courtesy of Laura Wessell at Honor Roll Portraits.

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