Amy Collins

I started my teaching career in 2003 working as a Severe Disabilities teacher for IPS. I had the pleasure of holding that position for three years. I then began working for the HBM Co-op in 2006 as an Orthopedic Impairment (OI) teacher. I earned both my B.S. and Master’s Degree in Special Education, from Ball State University. I am licensed to teach elementary education and physically handicapped and severe disabilities.

This year I will celebrate my 5 year wedding anniversary. My husband Shane and I are the proud parents of a 3.5 year old named Jenna. She is such an amazing little person. We also have a German Shepherd named Hank, who will be 6 years old this year. I am a scrapbook fanatic and an amateur photographer. I enjoy reading, being outdoors, being around people, and especially spending time with my family!

Jackie Dorman

My teaching career began with four years at Indiana University. There I earned my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I later attended IUPUI where I studied Reading Education. While living in Ohio, I earned a degree in Special Education from Wright State University in Dayton.

I have been associated with Indiana schools for the last 19 years. For 5 years I taught at Lebanon High School. There I was responsible for building the special education program and developing courses in math and English for those students with Learning Disabilities. I later transferred to Carmel Clay Schools where I worked with elementary students at Orchard Park Elementary and Prairie Trace Elementary. This is my fourth year at Clay Middle School. I have worked with all grade levels during my time here and find this is to be a great school with wonderful students. I teach resource writing and math. In my spare time I enjoy reading, exercising, traveling, and being with my family. I am so proud to be a part of our fantastic staff!

Jennifer Dotzert

 I began teaching at Clay Middle School in 1999. I graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s in special education and a minor in dance. Recently, I completed my masters in social work from Indiana University, Indianapolis.  It is a little known fact that I student taught for Mrs. Dorman at Orchard Park Elementary!  Before I began teaching at Clay, I taught in Lawrence Township at Crestview Elementary. I teach resource math.

I love spending time with my husband, Scott, our son Travis, and our dog, Bryce. I also enjoy reading, exercising, being outside, traveling, eating chocolate, shopping for antiques, spending time with family and friends, rooting for Jeff Gordon, and drinking Pepsi products. I also LOVE to dance! I teach both tap and ballet at the Pink Slipper Dance Studio.  I am a reality TV junky and love the TV show, LOST.

Maggie Merriman

 I have taught for 28 years in the Carmel Clay Schools and am starting my 29th year at Clay Middle School. I previously taught at Tri-County Opportunity School and Carmel Middle School.  I am a special education resource teacher and department chairperson. I graduated from Indiana State University (BS) and Butler University (MS). 


Sara Prange

I am a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Speech and Language Pathology and started working as a speech therapist in the public schools in Arizona in 1990.  I began teaching in Carmel in 1998 at Cherry Tree Elementary before coming to Clay in 2002.  I have also worked for Greater Lafayette Special Services as well as the Gibson, Pike Warrick Special Ed COOP in southern Indiana doing early childhood speech and language therapy.  I began my career in the Phoenix, AZ area working both in Scottsdale and Chandler Public Schools at the elementary level.

 I have a husband, Bob, who is a PGA Golf Professional and two daughters, Ashley and Amber who are golfers as well.  Ashley is a 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina where she played golf for four years and was NCAA 1st team All American her senior year.  Amber graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007 and played college golf as well.  She made the PAC 10 All Academic Team her final two years.  Both girls are now playing professional golf on the LPGS’s Duramed Futures Tour and hope to gain full time status on the LPGA tour.  Needless to say, I like golf, sports in general, traveling, and spending time with my family.


Mary Walstrom

 I am in my second year of teaching the Functional Academics Program, grades 6 through 8, at Clay Middle School.  I graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1983, and I am a lifelong Husker football fan!   My husband and I have been married for 25 years and have three children: Stephanie is a sophomore at Marquette University, Katie is a junior at Carmel High School, and Ryan is in the 8th grade at Clay Middle School. We lived in Dallas, Austin, Kansas City, and Grand Rapids before moving to Carmel in 2000. I began working at Clay Middle School in 2004, and completed a Transition to Teaching program through Butler University in 2008. I enjoy reading, gardening, and volunteering at our church. As a family, we enjoy the outdoors (canoeing, swimming and hiking) and visiting our many relatives and friends who live outside of Indiana.

Bev Sharritt

Jacqui Herran 


Instructional Assistants

Carol Erath

Terri Leirer

Bev Norman

Amanda Register

Gwynn Shuffitt

Trista Sommers

Glen Taulbee

Kathleen Welch

Terri Helms

Jane Schreiner

Joanna Brown

Kathy Foyer

Teresa Sutton

Shari Vickery, Interpreter

Lisa Norwood, Interpreter


Additional Staff and Related Services

School Psychologist

Carol Lowe

Department Secretary

Barbara Stein

Occupational Therapist

Michelle Hastings

Physical Therapist

Tricia Riggs