Who We Are
VISnet is a program of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, NCAIS, a not-for-profit, 501(c)3. VISnet is an educational consortium designed to support member schools in the development and ongoing success of innovative and sustainable learning models. VISnet provides member schools with independent school quality online resources for blended classrooms, supplemental academic courses for students, professional development opportunities to support innovative teaching and learning, and a robust network for collaboration. Helping schools to survive and thrive in an ever-changing educational landscape, VISnet prides itself on creating economies of scale for schools and offering quality programs and resources at affordable consortium prices. Developed and managed by independent school educators, VISnet is uniquely positioned to understand and support the needs of today’s independent schools.
VISnet began in North Carolina as an outgrowth of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) in 2009. The following year, VISnet was the recipient of a generous EE Ford grant which allowed our organization to expand beyond the boundaries of North Carolina. We now have partnerships with the Florida Association of Independent Schools (FCIS), the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA), South Carolina's Palmetto Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), with member schools in each of those states.
Meet Our Staff:
Linda Nelson is the Executive Director of VISnet. VISnet was established in 2009 by the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) under Linda’s leadership. She has been involved with VISnet since its inception and with NCAIS as Executive Director since 2007. Prior to joining NCAIS, Linda enjoyed 20+ years in independent education administration, both in K-12 and in higher education. Linda received both a B.A. and a M.A.Ed. from Wake Forest University.
Stephanie Keaney is the Director of Operations for VISnet, handling the day-to-day operations of the organization. She joined the VISnet staff in 2011 after 15 years in independent school education, both in a school setting and as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools. A graduate of Appalachian State University, Stephanie spent her teaching career in the lower school classroom.
Laura Blackburn is the Director of Professional Development for VISnet. Prior to joining the VISnet staff, Laura was Head of School at Noble Academy. Laura received her B.A. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her Masters in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is certified by North Carolina in learning disabilities grades K-12 and as a principal. She is also a certified Wilson Language Instructor and a certified trainer by the Gurian Institute in how Boys and Girls Learn Differently.