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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.

Click here to review the TES Board's Strategic Goals for 2020-2025.

Board Meetings

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. Due to COVID-19, the TES Board currently holds its meetings via Zoom. Please use this Zoom link to access the meetings. Public comments can be submitted here, and must be received one-hour before the meeting in order to be read that same evening.


Meet the TES Board

Matt Panning (Chair) | 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 8th 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.

Rosemary Wellons (Vice Chair) | 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. 


Cheryl Schall (Secretary) | Durham, NC

Cheryl Schall is a first generation immigrant and an Emmy Award winning ABC News producer. She has received national recognition as an Edward R. Murrow Award recipient. Her production work is focused on planned and breaking live news events. She has worked on the 2004 and 2008 election cycles including primaries, conventions, debates, election nights, and inaugurations. She has covered breaking news events including the deaths of Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Pope John Paul, Ted Kennedy, Michael Jackson, and the massacres at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook. Cheryl passionately believes in community building and supports public education. She lives in an intentional cohousing neighborhood in Durham with her husband, a current TES student, a future TES student, and an old man corgi named Deacon.

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

L. Blue Dean | Hillsborough, NC


Blue Dean currently serves as the Executive Director for Library Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Blue’s fundraising career spans 20 years and includes non-profit work as well as academic fundraising. Prior to working at UNC- Chapel Hill, Blue served as Executive Director of Development of Major and Leadership giving at Duke Health from 2011- 2019, first overseeing the Duke Heart Center and then managing the development team for the Department of Medicine. Before moving to North Carolina, Blue worked at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 2006 – 2011 first serving as the director of development of the University Libraries and then serving as the director of development for the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Prior to her time with the University of Tennessee, Blue served as the Director of Development of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Additional non-profit work includes the Knoxville Museum of Art where Blue served as the Director of Volunteer and Visitor Service. Blue holds a B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and she has completed advanced training in philanthropy and fundraising from the Johns Hopkins Medicine Philanthropy Institute and leadership training from Duke University. Blue is active in the community having served as the President of the Duke Faculty Club Board of Governors and the founding chair of the Duke Faculty Club Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Blue also served as the Fundraising Co-Chair for The Expedition School Community Association, was a member of the fundraising committee at Duke School, and is currently a neighborhood coordinator for PORCH. Blue and her husband, Robb, have two children – Ava, age 19 and Max, age 13. They moved from Knoxville, Tennessee in 2011 and reside in Hillsborough, North Carolina.


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

To contact the board of directors, e-mail board@theexpeditionschool.com

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.

Board Communications 2020

Board Communications 2019

 Board Agendas & Meeting Minutes

If you are unable to access any of the files below or would like to request additional information, please contact board@theexpeditionschool.com. (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 then posted.)

3/17/22 Board Meeting Minutes

3/5/22 Board Meeting Minutes

2/17/22 Board Meeting Minutes

1/17/22 Board Meeting Minutes

1/8/22 Board Meeting Minutes

CLICK HERE to access board minutes from 2021.
CLICK HERE to access board minutes from 2020.
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.


Board Policies

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

Click HERE to view our Diversity in Hiring Effort.