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 thanks parents and staff for nominating her for 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. 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. Merry's children attended ABC, and the three younger children graduated from Stewart Elementary.
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. In the last few years Tom and Merry traveled to Alaska, Russia, Latvia, Great Britain and Northern Europe, and Costa Rica.