Broughton Magnet High School special education teacher named WCPSS Teacher of the Year

CARY, NC (WTVD) — The Wake County Public School System has awarded Teacher of the Year for 2022-23 to a special education teacher at Broughton Magnet High School.

Carolina Olson has worked in the Special Programs Department at Broughton High School since 2015. She also served as a Training Assistant for the TEACCH Autism Program during the summers of 2014-2017.

Olson graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in special education. She holds a BA in Adapted and General Curriculum for Exceptional Children (K-12) and holds National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist.

“I use a variety of strategies to ensure all learners have opportunities for success,” Olson wrote of his teaching style. “My students take benchmarks, interest inventories, and transition assessments to provide me with information about what they currently know, what they want to know, and what their interests are outside of school. uses these interests to increase commitment and motivation to achieve academic goals.”

Olson also serves on the North Carolina Superintendent’s Teacher Leadership Council and served as a curriculum writer for the North Carolina Department of Instruction. She was a Kenan Fellow for Teacher Leadership in 2019-2020 and was named the recipient of the WCPSS Diane Kent Parker Award for First Grade Special Education Teacher of the Year in 2016.

As Teacher of the Year, Olson will participate in the Go Global NC International Studies Program in Chile in the summer of 2023. The trip is sponsored by the Dan Royster Memorial Teacher Award, in honor of a former teacher of WCPSS Science.

Olson received an engraved award, a gift card to the Angus Barn, a weekend at the Umstead Hotel and Spa with free breakfast at Heron’s Restaurant, and many other gifts including an autographed hockey stick and a t-shirt donated by the Carolina Hurricanes.

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