Here is what nine-year-old student Paddy New wrote in his nomination of Habeger:
"Carol builds the future by guiding families through the IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska) program. She is my teacher and my friend.
Carol asked me to read to her because she wanted to encourage me to learn to read. Whenever I see Carol, we talk about books, and I tell her some suggestions of books she might like to read or share with other families.
Carol is a dedicated homeschooler. She really makes a huge difference in people's lives."