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Mecklenburg County’s teacher of year ‘goes above and beyond’

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Vickie Soyars receives a poster and flowers from Superintendent Paul Nichols in recognition of being named school division teacher of the year.
SoVaNow.com / May 13, 2020


Park View High School math teacher Vickie Soyars is Mecklenburg County’s 2020-21 Teacher of the Year.

Soyards learned of the honor Thursday when she was surprised at her home by Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols, Park View Principal Dominique Sturdifen, assistant principals Jonathan Cochran and Amy Wright and school board vhair Gavin Honeycutt and trustee Wanda Bailey, all bearing news of the honor.

Soyars returned to teach at her high school alma mater, Park View High, in 2005 after graduating from the College of William & Mary. She earned her master’s in education from Longwood University in 2009.

Soyars is a teacher who “goes above and beyond for not only her students, but her colleagues,” said Joan Hite, director of curriculum, assessment, and data analysis/federal programs for the school division.

“As a dedicated teacher she is committed to helping all of her students. Students have been heard saying, ‘Mrs. Soyars taught us that’ with enthusiasm towards her as their prior teacher,” Hite added.

In addition to teaching, Soyars has spearheaded the Innovation Grant project for the school division, and has served as a member of the calendar committee and advisory board member. She coached girls’ soccer, oversaw the PVHS power hour program and “Project Graduation,” and was the former assistant band director overseeing the flag team.

Soyars is also known as a cornerstone of the MCBEP Spelling Bee/Trivia Game Night award winning team — an annual scholarship fund raiser put on by the Mecklenburg County Business Education Partnership. She and team members Sarah Fenwick, Tracey Nash and Major Bonnie Hoffmann are perennial favorites at the competition for their award-winning costume designs and accompanying performances.

Hite described Soyars as a selfless leader and exceptional leader who is “always willing to help a fellow colleague.” Soyars has also been described by colleagues as kind, courteous, and respectful, genuine, without ego and willing to tackle any job, big or small for the good of the group.

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