MVLA hires distance-learning admin as fall plans take shape

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The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District has created a new position overseeing distance learning, in an attempt to improve the district’s remote offerings as next school year approaches.

The district’s board of trustees voted unanimously at a meeting Monday to appoint Teri Faught to the newly created role of distance education administrator. Faught has served as an assistant principal at Mountain View High School since 2017.

Superintendent Nellie Meyer recommended Faught for the new role, and all five trustees spoke positively about her. Trustee Phil Faillace said he thought she was an “outstanding selection” based on her years of positive contributions to the district.

“I feel very humbled by all those comments and I feel very honored at this opportunity,” Faught said.

Educational technology has always been a passion for Faught, who said she sees the potential technology has to make learning more individualized. School closures have necessitated a rapid switch from in-person learning to online offerings.

The district has not yet announced how school will be reopening in the fall. Administrators are planning for various scenarios, ranging from fully online to a complete return to in-person instruction, with safety measures in place.

District officials are planning to bring a recommendation for a fall reopening plan to the board sometime this month, Meyer said in an interview last week.

“The sooner the better. We have most of the pieces together,” Meyer said. “We’re still determining what a schedule would look like and then we’re also making sure that we have clear guidelines as far as student and teacher expectations.”

The proposal the board approves could change as the pandemic shifts, Meyer added, and the district will continue to monitor the situation and adjust plans throughout the course of the school year.

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