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The Important Role a K12-Powered School Played in Wisconsin's Innovator of the Year Award


Terry McGowan (middle) accepts his award for Innovator of the Year.


Written by: Tatyana White-Jenkins


Terry McGowan, President of the Wisconsin Operating Engineers, has been named Innovator of the Year on The Daily Reporter’s 2016 Newsmakers of the Year list thanks to his work with Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin (DCA) in creating the Wisconsin Operating Engineers pre-apprenticeship program. 


Laura Cataldo, a consultant for the Wisconsin Operating Engineers, nominated Terry for the award due to his dedication and innovation 


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This photo was taken by a LAVCA staff member after she evacuated her home.


Gina Warren is the Family Engagement Coordinator at Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy (LAVCA). Gina has over 17 years of teaching experience and currently resides in Mobile, Alabama.  


August flood waters forced over 100,000 residents to evacuate their homes. It happened three days into Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy’s (LAVCA) 2016-2017 school year. Through the loss and devastation, one thing remained constant for LAVCA students and their families - the virtual school doors at LAVCA were always open.