Expedition Program

Carmel Clay Schools Expedition program is an eight-session program will takes a small group of Carmel residents on an exclusive educational journey and a behind-the-scenes look at the operations, programs, incredible educators and outstanding students of CCS. The program runs August-April. 

Throughout the year, participants are immersed in our school buildings and participate in extended dialogue and hands-on activities as we explore topics including elementary and secondary curriculum, school safety, school finance, food services, transportation, technology, mental health and much more. Participants also have fun meeting students and staff, dining on healthy school lunches, traveling on a school bus and uncovering the culture of excellence that is CCS.

The application for the 2018 Expedition Program is now closed. Please be on the lookout for the next application opening in late Spring 2019. 

If you have any additional questions about the Expedition Program, you may contact Courtney Taylor.

“Being part of the CCS Expedition group was a very enjoyable experience. Having the opportunity to learn about all of the aspects of the Carmel Clay School system from curriculum, to the safety of our children was very impressive. We can also be very proud of the talented students and staff that make up Carmel Clay Schools and their positive, energetic attitude of excellence. I found the experience very educational. This program has given me even greater confidence in what I feel is one of the best school systems in the country.”
Jack Beery, Carmel Dad's Club 

“The Expedition program was insightful in ways that I could not have imagined. From the remarkable methods of team teaching that we observed first hand in our elementary schools to the incredibly talented students, teachers and department leaders we interacted with at Carmel High School, every meeting was one filled with new experiences. Whether you have children the CCS system or are simply interested in learning what our schools do to prepare our young people for the future, Expedition is an eye opening and purposeful opportunity. I would recommend it highly.”
Greg Cooper, Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate

Expedition Participants & Alumni

Class of 2018-19

Class of 2018-19

Expedition 2018-19

Participants

Adam Aasen
Jim Barlow
Jessica Beer
Carmen Berglund
Katie Byram
Savi Danforth
Valery DeLong
Lisa Dillon
Harrison Ding
Guenter Haines
Laura Jarred
Mary Johnson
Linda Joy
Michael Klitzing
Tom Lange
Linda Lange
David Liu
Naaz Mathur
Betsy McCaw
Lindsey Mintz
Justin Moffett
Paula Rang
Josh Rang
John Rucelshaus
Dave Sanders
Venkata Tadikonda
Jon Walker
Xianzhong Wang
 

Class of 2017-18

Class of 2017-18

Expedition 2017-18

Participants

Stacey Ice
Jana Swigart
Joshua Kirsh
Ting Gan
Adam Campagna
Jessie Mock
Elizabeth Hamilton
Brandee Bryant
Josh Latham
Sara Baldwin
Leah Kim
Ann Marie Shambaugh
Lauren Coyle
John Ruckelshaus
Charla Katz
Meredith McVicker
Bonnie Hiner
Barbara Carter
Lynn Russell
Melissa Ho
Kristi Slane
Lori Hammer
Jessica Rasmussen
Dianna Balanoff
Meghan Padgett
Bob Swanay
Michael Nardi
Ron Carter
Leslie Bonacker
Missy Helm
Rebecca Geyer
Peter Primason
Jim Crider

 

Class of 2016-17

Class of 2016-17

Expedition 2016-17

Participants

Ann Clark
Beth Bennett
Sydney Blumenthal
Bob Bryant
Laura Campbell
Emily Ehrgott
Valerie Dentino
Caroline Dilley
Jessica Dreher
Drew Federau
Annette Grundy
Tina Flemming
Karen Glowacki
Joe Kempler
Susan Kineman
Julie Klemen
Corrie Meyer
Jennifer Mysogland
Lauren Price
Jennifer Reeves
Heather Rowe
Mitch Schroeder
Gary Sexton
Toby Stark
Karen Steinberger
Sarah Szotek
Michelle Toles
Sarah VanBibber
Rachel Weyers
Jeff Worrell
Karen Wolf
Shelley Kim
Elizabeth Solazzo
Doug Shepson
Christine Pauley

Class of 2015-16

Class of 2015-16

Expedition 2015=16

Participants

Jamie Beckman
Lynn Ducat
Devana Federici
Carolyn Goolsby
Belvia Gray
Jane Herndon
Sally Hubbard
Michael Kile
Bruce Kimball
Jim Laverdiere
Dan McFeely
Salim Najjar
Courtney O'Neil
Sandra Pirkle
Beth Russo
Jane Salentine
Lisa Sapper
Janelle Scarberry
Donna Schaibley
Caroline Schlobohm
Kim Seelig
Julia Shildmyer-Heghway
Marta Spence
Patty Steffan
Ginny Terpening
Angelia Thorpe
Heather Wingenroth
 

Class of 2014-15

Class of 2014-15

Expedition 2014-15

Participants

Ila Badger
Hope Baugh
Jim Brocke
Christine Camferdam
Mary Cartelli-Joynt
BJ Casali
Janet Corbin
Nancee Dowler
Susie Heath
Michael Holmes
Ali Holmes
Dan Kramer
Sandra Long
Weilin Long
Sue Maki
Rebecca Mueller
Jason O'Neil
Jill Reese
Kristen Remble
Teggie Rogers
Tammy Sander
Matt Schafer
Meg Strothkamp
 

Class of 2013-14

Class of 2013-14

Expedition 2013-14

Participants

Thomas Burek
Ron Britton
Sue Britton
Donna Cihak-Hansen
John Cinnamon
Ann Cinnamon
Chris Drewry
Dereked Empie
Elizabeth Essink
Brooke Ferrell
Sue Finkham
Maria Gottlieb
Dana Green
Nancy Heck
John Jonas
Deb Knuce
Katie Lawson
Paul McCarthy
Dianne McKinley
Beth Montag
Tania Castroverde Moskalenko
Sharon Newill
Jace Platt
Ranjit Puthran
Dana Renay
Sally Sandell
Eric Seidensticker
Randy Sorrell
Kathie Stremiecki
Paul Sweeney
Mark Zukerman
 

Class of 2012-13

Class of 2012-13

class of 2012-13 Expedition

Participants

Tara Ascioti
Jack Badger
Doug Callahan
Josh Carr
Mike Drewry
Keith Freer
Larry Greene
Judy Hagan
Joan Issac
Renee Kilpatrick
Jason King
Jon Kizer
Joel Lisker
Pat Lisker
Chris Mulloy
Linda Mylott
Carl Nelson
Christine Owens
Cathy Paschne
Rev. Patti Payntor
Tom Salentine, Jr. 
Rick Sharp
Susie Sommer

Class of 2011-12

Class of 2011-12

2012 participants

Participants

Angela Horner
Jason Black
Anne Poindexter
Brain Poindexter
Celest Mathews Higgins
David Bowers
Donna Tutwiler
Greg Cooper
Jack Beery
David Haboush
Kevin "Woody" Rider
Mo Merhoff
Mark Westermeier
Rich Taylor
Sherri Pankratz
Tim Green
Wendy Phillips
William Hammer