Merry Carmichael ABC-Stewart School Founder, Board President

MERRY STEWART CARMICHAEL, ABC-Stewart School Founder, began ABC Early Learning Centre in 1969 and added Stewart Elementary in 1977. She had previously taught in Indiana public schools. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Education from Indiana University.

She has completed two courses dealing with the Montessori materials and philosophy. Mrs. Carmichael has represented ABC Learning Centre and Stewart Elementary School at a number of national Montessori and other educational conferences. She has taught several education courses at IUPUC.

Mrs. Carmichael was included in the publication Outstanding Young Women of America. She has been awarded "The Woman of the Year 2014 by The Republic Newspaper" and the Shining Star Award. She has served as a Deacon and an Elder for her church, served as President of the Hamilton Center Skate Club and been an active swim team parent in the past.

Merry and her husband, Tom, have four children. Merry's children attended ABC, and the three younger children graduated from Stewart Elementary.

Cherie enjoys running Marathons, competes in Ironmen, and is the mother of four daughters, Lauren Elizabeth, Madeleine Stewart, Megan Nicole and Allison Lynd Fernandez.

Suzie is a licensed social service provider. She and husband, John, are the parents of daughter, Erica, and son, Trevor. 

Paul, who earned a Bachelor's in Elementary/Secondary Education from Indiana University enjoys running.

Rebecca is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. Rebecca and husband, John Kleihege, are the parents of Abby and Emma. 

Mrs. Carmichael's husband, Tom, a former teacher, is retired from his position as Vice President of the Kroot Corporation. The family enjoys traveling (especially to New England), swimming and music.


Mike Gorday Director

MIKE GORDAY became Director of ABC-Stewart School in August 2007. He has earned an ED.S. Degree in School Administration from Indiana University, a M.S. Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee, and a B.S. Degree in Education from Troy State University. Mike worked for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) for 34 years--25 years as Assistant Director of Special Education and 9 years as a teacher.

Mike has numerous administrative, supervisory, curriculum, and community public relations experiences. He has conducted workshops in both public and private schools on a variety of educational topics including Creative Problem Solving and Quality Educational Tools. Mike has published articles in state and national educational journals. He is a member of AMI (Association Montessori International/USA), Indiana Council of Administrators, and numerous professional committees. He received the President's Award from ARC of Bartholomew County for his work with individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.

Mike’s administrative expertise and collaborative leadership style contribute to his unique ability to design and implement educational experiences that enable students to become self-reliant, productive and confident members of society. He has a strong commitment to continuing the school’s philosophy, reputation, and standards for excellence.

Mike is married to Kay, a BCSC Health Careers teacher. Mike has one daughter and two granddaughters, Mikayla and Alyssa, both of whom have attended ABC-Stewart.

Linda Becker Administrator, Board Secretary/Treasurer

LINDA BECKER joined the staff in August 1981 and is honored to be the Administrator at ABC-Stewart. She spent her youth in Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas before moving to Kentucky and Southern Indiana, attending the Indiana University Southeast Campus in New Albany. Over the years, Linda has attended a number of regional and national Montessori conferences, as well as the Administrators Program at MECA-Seton Montessori Training Center near Chicago in 2007.

Linda has two daughters, both ABC-Stewart graduates. Kathryn Glover is a fellow ABC-Stewart staff member who manages the school accounts receivable and payable. Dominic and Kathryn Glover have one daughter, Siena, born April 2009. Amy and husband, Charles Baxter, reside in Columbus, Ohio and are the parents of Harrison (2006) and Grant (2009). 

In her leisure time Linda enjoys traveling (especially to large bodies of water) and reading, as well as any time spent with her family and friends.

Kathryn Glover Accounting

KATHRYN GLOVER has worked part or full-time at ABC-Stewart since her sophomore year at Columbus East High School in 1989. Kathryn is a graduate of ABC-Stewart and holds a B.S. in Applied Health Sciences (Human Development and Family Studies) from Indiana University. 

She is married to Dominic Glover, a Columbus attorney in private practice. They are the proud parents of Siena Grace, born in April 2009. Kathryn enjoys her time with friends in a number of local women's groups: literature discussion, cookbook group, magazine club and garden club.

Lisa Burns IT

LISA BURNS joined ABC-Stewart School in 2003 as the Stewart Computer teacher and soon became the entire IT department. After a brief absence in 2013, Lisa returned to ABC-Stewart in 2014.

Lisa and her husband, Kyle, live in Greenwood with their son, Kolin, a former ABC-Stewart student.

Lisa likes books, bats and dogs - not necessarily in that order.

Nikki Crawford Twos’ More or Less, Splendid Days

NIKKI CRAWFORD returns to the Twos' More or Less Classroom and Splendid Days classroom. She began at ABC-Stewart in 2002.  She attended Ivy Tech Community College and also attended the MECA-Seton Montessori Paraprofessional course. Nikki has taken courses in childcare, child development, interpersonal relations and family relations. 

Nikki has a daughter, Grace, a Stewart graduate, son, Abram, currently in Stewart elementary, and a second son, Benjamin, in the Twos’ Classroom. Nikki enjoys walking, scrapbooking, reading, attending her children’s sporting activities and spending time with her family and friends.

Laura Donovan Twos’ More or Less, Splendid Days

LAURA DONOVAN continues in the Twos More or Less Class where she began in 2003. She is a Columbus native who attended Indiana University. During the summer of 2010 Laura attended a Montessori Training Session. She has been an active parent since 2001 with her daughters’ enrollment at the school.  
Laura and her husband, Ed, have three daughters: MacKenzie, Sidney and Delaney, all Stewart graduates. Laura also has a stepdaughter, Jenelle. 

In her free time Laura is an active member of Sigma Phi Gamma sorority, and also enjoys reading, walking, crafts, travel and spending time with her family and friends.

Stefanie Stafford Twos’ More or Less, Splendid Days

STEFANIE STAFFORD, a graduate of Stewart, returns for her second year in the Twos’ More or Less Classroom and Splendid Days.  

Ashlee Murray Twos’ More or Less, Splendid Days

Larry Powell ABC Preschool & Kindergarten

LARRY POWELL is returning in the ABC Pre-school/Kindergarten program, where he began in August 1985. He manages the math/social studies area. 

He received his B.A. degree in business and economic theory from Franklin College in 1973, and his M.S. in Elementary Education from IUPUI in 1979. He began his interest in education with volunteer work at Stepping Stone Pre-School and broadened his experience through 13 years of teaching at Children, Inc. Larry was the first recipient of the Reams Family Awards for Teaching Excellence for 2006-07, from the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County. 
Larry enjoys reading, motorcycling, hiking, sports and crafts. He is owner/builder/designer of his home, and has worked as an electrician, apprentice pattern maker and auto body man.

Larry has three daughters: Meghann, Amanda, an ABC-Stewart graduate and a Ball State graduate, and Carly. He has five grandchildren.

Susie Signorino ABC Preschool & Kindergarten

SUSIE SIGNORINO returns as the ABC classrooms' art teacher. Prior to this position she taught in the Twos’ More or Less classroom and in Splendid Days for 8 years, beginning at ABC-Stewart in 2004. 
She earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, specializing in painting and drawing, from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Susie is an artist who has illustrated and published a children's book May There Always Be Sunshine. She enjoys painting, graphic design, silversmithing and gardening. 

Her daughter, Georgia Frances, is a 2015 graduate of ABC-Stewart.

Brianna Cockerham ABC Preschool & Kindergarten

Tracie Lain ABC Preschool & Kindergarten

Amy Kiel Children's Garden Preschool & Kindergarten

AMY KIEL began her career at ABC-Stewart in January 1992.  She will continue team teaching in Children's Garden.  Amy attended Ball State and Indiana Universities.  She received training and certificatio at Meca-Seton Montessori Teacher Training Center, and is certified in childcare 

Amy and her husband, John, have sons, Henry and William. In her free time Amy enjoys running, gardening and traveling.

Amy is the recipient of the 2010 Reams Family Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Kymberli Rockhold Children's Garden Preschool & Kindergarten

KYMBERLI ROCKHOLD returns to the Children's Garden classroom.  She joined the staff in August of 1997.  She received her Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society.  She has also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

Kymberli, her husband, Aaron, their daughter Maya, and son Elijah live in Brown County.  With her family, Kymberli enjoys singing, playing guitar, camping, hiking, canoeing, photography, gardening, enjoying wildlife and playing with their dogs.

Kymberli grew up on a 100 acre farm in Illinois with two brothers, a sister, horses, chickens, cows, pigs, ponies, rabbits, and a few sheep.  As a child she was active in 4-H, sports and she started acting in musicals at CIRCA 21 Dinner Theater.
In 2014 Kymberli’s teaching endeavors were honored with the Reams Family Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County.

Cheryl Farrar Educare Preschool & Kindergarten

CHERYL FARRAR began at ABC-Stewart School in September of 2013 in the Splendid Days program.  A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, with a B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Cheryl was the Head Start Director for Lutheran Social Services, Chicago.  Since moving to Columbus, she has worked as a lead teacher for Columbus Head Start.  

In August 2014 Cheryl began to teach in the Educare Classroom and assisted in Splendid Days.  In her spare time, Cheryl manages her own pet-sitting business, Rover's Ride.

Amy Howe Educare Preschool & Kindergarten

Lori Lynn Stewart First Year

LORI LYNN joined the ABC-Stewart staff in 1995.   Lori earned a degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University Bloomington.  She completed an Orton-Gillingham graduate reading course at Butler University.  Lori received the Reams Family Awards for Teaching Excellence for 2007-08, from the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County.

She is one of the teachers in the first year room in the elementary school.  She team-teaches with Tonnie Lane.  Lori focuses on teaching reading, while Tonnie concentrates on the math area.  The both teach culture and science.  She enjoys working with the first year students and making their transition from the kindergarten programs to the elementary school go as smoothly as possible.  Lori and her husband, Keith, have a son, Bryce, a 2015 graduate of ABC-Stewart, and a daughter, Isabel, a Stewart elementary student.

Tonnie Lane Stewart First Year

TONYEL LANE joined the ABC-Stewart staff in the spring of 1998, and returns to the first year room in Stewart.  A graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, Tonnie received a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a kindergarten endorsement.  She completed an Orton-Gillingham reading graduate course at Butler.  

In 2013 Tonnie was awarded the Heritage Foundation's Reams Family Awards for Excellent in Teaching.
Tonnie and husband, Chris, have a daughter, Taylen, a 2015 graduate of ABC-Stewart.

Jerry Maulin Stewart Reading

JERRY MAULIN has been a Reading Room teacher for Stewart since 1998.  In his time at Stewart he has coached basketball and Spell Bowl.  He has also led many summer workshops for the students that include creativity and drama.  Jerry graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Elementary Education.  He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award and the Red Apple Award.  Jerry received the Reams Family Awards for Teaching Excellence for 2009-10, from the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County.

His immediate family includes wife, Hanna Guy Maulin, and son, Joseph, a Stewart graduate.  The family lives on an old dairy farm near school.

Jerry also is a performing songwriter, with two CD's to his credit.  He also enjoys motorcycle riding, racquetball, golf and other sports.  While not holding an actual patent, Jerry believes himself to be inventor of Pin Dodge Ball, enjoyed on rainy days here at Stewart.

Christine Butler Stewart Reading

CHRISTINE BUTLER returns to the Stewart Reading room. She received her B.S. in elementary education from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is an avid reader of children's literature and is looking forward to sharing her love for reading with the students at Stewart.

Christine and her husband, Jordan, reside in Franklin, and are the parents of daughter, Addison, an ABC-Stewart student and Jayden, a future ABC-Stewart student who was born in 2015. In her spare time, Christine enjoys reading, scrapbooking, cake decorating and spending time with family and friends.
Christina Varo Stewart Reading

Terry Hileman Stewart Science

TERRY HILEMAN returns to the Science room of Stewart School, where he began in 2001. A graduate of IUPUC with a degree in elementary education.

Terry is married fellow Stewart teacher, Autumn Hileman.  They have two sons, Ethan and Zeke, both ABC-Stewart students.  He enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, and also values time spent outdoors with fishing and golf.

Amie Smith Stewart Culture

AMIE SMITH will return to the Stewart Culture Room this year, after having taught there from 2009 thru 2013.  She also taught in Children’s Garden for five years and much earlier in Splendid Days.  She has substituted in many of the classrooms of ABC-Stewart since 1994.  She studied elementary education at Wright State and Ohio State Universities.  She holds a Montessori certification from the Seton Montessori Institute near Chicago, and has served as a Montessori teacher trainer at a Carmel public school for seven years, and currently at a child center in Houghton, Michigan.  Amie loves working with children in a Montessori environment, and is pleased to be teaching in the Culture Room.  

Amie and husband, Theo, have two daughters, Emma, and Olivia, both Stewart graduates.  She loves to spend her free time at her daughters' activities, as well as hiking, biking, reading, gardening, cooking and entertaining.  

Natasha Brockhaus Stewart Culture

Nancy Hiquet   Stewart Math

NANCY HIQUET began teaching at ABC-Stewart in the spring of 1995 in the ABC Classroom.  She also taught at BCSC for several years, before becoming a permanent member of the Stewart elementary math program.  She received her elementary education degree at IUPUC.  

She has led the Math Bowl team to numerous local and state-wide awards, has directed the elementary school spring program, has been a faculty leader for the school talent show, older student dance, and most everything the 6th grade graduates manage in their final year at school.  

Nancy and her husband, Barry, are the parents of two daughters, Kaitlin and Karly, and one son, Kamden.  In 2011 Nancy won the Reams Family Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Autumn Hileman Stewart Math

AUTUMN HILEMAN will return to the Math Room at Stewart Elementary. She began in the Twos' classroom in 1998, moved to the ABC Pre-school/Kindergarten Science area, and is now in the Stewart Math area. Autumn received her B.S. in elementary education from Indiana State University. She is married to Stewart Science teacher, Terry Hileman, and has two sons, Ethan and Zeke, both ABC-Stewart student. She enjoys scrapbooking and time spent with family and friends.

Sue Breeding Stewart Math

SUE BREEDING began at ABC-Stewart in the fall of 1997 thru 2002, working in Splendid/Extended Day and the Stewart math room, under the leadership of Founder Merry Carmichael.  She returned in August 2014 to the math room.  She holds a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from IU, and an MBA.  Sue is the mother of Mary Breeding and Matthew Breeding, and the grandmother of three children. 

Pat Anderson Stewart Music 

PAT ANDERSON began in February 2013 teaching Stewart Elementary Music.  She also teaches private piano lessons after school at ABC-Stewart.  She holds a B.A. in Music Education from Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, N.C., and has completed graduate studies at Holy Names College, Oakland, CA.  Pat's experiences include Children's Choir Director, Benson United Methodist Church, a piano-voice teacher at PianoRama Studio and Accelerando Music Academy in Raleigh, N.C., as well as several other music teaching positions, including Our Lady of Lourdes School (K-8), St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Gr 1-5), Trinity Academy substitute, and piano teacher in Granbury, TX.

Bobbie K Owens Stewart Art

BOBBIE K OWENS, international artist and Columbus resident, returns to ABC-Stewart School as elementary art teacher.  He taught in this capacity in the early 1990's, and returned in 2002.
Bobbie K's paintings have been featured in exhibitions across the United States, Canada, Japan and Russia.  He exhibited his work in the first Visual Arts Exchange project in Russia.  He was then invited to have a series of three, one-person museum shows in Bishkek and Moscow.  Previously he showed in Soho, New York, at Atelier International Art Gallery.  

Over the course of twenty-eight years of painting and exhibiting work, Bobbie K has had the good fortune to participate in shows with artists David Hockney, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Milton Avery.  Some of the artists he has had the opportunity to discuss art with are Philip Pearlstein, Daryl Pottorf, Robert Rauschenberg and Donald Lipski.

Bobbie K taught at IUPUC, ABC-Stewart, Art Gallery of Ontario School of Art, Ball State University, John Waldron Art Center in Bloomington, Dayton Art Institute and was resident artist at YMCA's of Greater Indianapolis.  He has worked with the NEA, The Kennedy Center and The Center for Arts and Basic Curriculum in Washington, D.C.  Bobbie dedicates most of his time to painting, however, enjoys sharing his art knowledge and experiences.  

Bobbie and wife, Libby Jewel, have two daughters, Ale, an IU grad, who lives in Wisconsin and Carleigh, who lives in California, and an infant grandchild.

Allison Watters Stewart Physical Education

ALLISON WATTERS began teaching physical education at Stewart Elementary In January 2011.  She holds a Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administration and Supervision from Ball State University, and a Bachelor of Arts, Physical Education (K-12), Health and Safety and Sociology from Hanover College.  She previously taught P.E./health/substance abuse at Peru High School, held a Principal Internship at Brown County High/Van Buren Elementary, and substitute taught in the Brown County schools.

Each year Allison heads The Glass Slipper Formal community involvement activity, where she and others assemble donations of prom dresses, so those who are under-privileged may select a beautiful gown for the annual prom.

Brandy Gilliatt Stewart, Splendid Days

Marian Rodriguez   Splendid Days

MARIAN RODRIGUEZ joined the Splendid Staff in 2007. She has also been a volunteer parent helping with lunches, grading spelling and in Splendid Days.

Marian has completed the 2009 Montessori Assistant training by Meca-Seton (associated with the America Montessori Society).

Marian has two daughters Leah and Kieran, both are ABC-Stewart School graduates. She enjoys swimming, cooking (especially decorating cakes) and spending time with friends and family.

Jamie Rose Splendid Days

JAMIE ROSE began subbing at ABC-Stewart in Splendid Days in April of 2012, and continues in the Splendid Days program.  She attended IUPUC with coursework in Organizational Leadership and Supervision.  She previously worked as a research assistant at IUPUC, and Career Services Assistant at Ivy Tech, and at Children, Inc.