'A gem for our school'

School's out for the summer and there was an extra reason to celebrate at Mallard Creek High's staff meeting June 11: Louise Carte, technology associate, was named the North Carolina e-Learning Advisor of the Year.

Representatives from the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) arrived at the meeting to present Carte with the award. Her three daughters and husband also surprised her during the presentation.

"She absolutely deserves this," said Morgan Reece, virtual learning specialist. "I always know that virtual learning at Mallard Creek is taken care of. She handles everything with expertise."

The award recognizes e-learning advisors whose innovative practices serve as a model for other schools or districts. Their innovation improves the overall effectiveness of online learning and contributes to the success of students taking NCVPS courses. This success has led to opportunities for students and improved student achievement.

Her colleagues nominated Carte for the award and she was one of three finalists. She was interviewed, virtually of course, and found out that she'd won on June 11.

"She's outstanding at managing all the data and parent communication," said Principal Kevin Garay. "She is a gem for our school."