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Tudor Elementary Librarian Receives 2021 ASTE Teacher of the Year Award

Michelle Carton

Congratulations to Michelle Carton, Librarian at Tudor Elementary School, for being honored as the Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) 2021 Teacher of the Year.

To be considered for this recognition, a teacher must spend at least 75 percent of their day in direct instruction, responsible for the day-to-day instruction of PreK-20 students in an Alaskan school recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Nominees may include innovative classroom teachers, college instructors, library media specialists, technology integration specialists, or related work.

Carton received several nominations for this esteemed award. One nominator described Carton as “a jaw-dropping example of the leadership a school librarian can offer, as well as a model of warmth and welcome to all her students, whether those in-class or those who drop in while she is teaching another group.”

Another nominator described a time “before Zoom” that Carton used technology to host a virtual talk with a holocaust survivor. 

Another entry shared Carton’s knack for curating virtual learning resources for students across the country.

Carton hosts Virtual Field Trip Learning on Wednesdays for teachers and students all across Alaska and is always eager to have more classes join. To learn more, or sign up a class for a Virtual Field Trip, check out: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n5EUxbHXq1KN5K_09Epm0aRa7pYxq4dQZxkQKlvhgqk/edit?usp=sharing

Carton edits and records all the Virtual Field Trip sessions and offers extension resources for teachers to use during asynchronous learning days: https://www.globaleducationak.org/library-live.html 

Additionally, Carton has led professional development sessions, offering virtual personal assistance to hundreds of educators since the beginning of 2020.

Carton received her master’s degree in innovative education reform in 2010 from Alaska Pacific University.