One of Saints own will be recognized as an impactful educator at a ceremony at the University of California, Irvine, this evening.

Thomas Soucar, math department chair at Saint Raphael Academy, will be honored at the Educator Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony at University of California, Irvine, on May 23, 2017. Mr. Soucar was nominated by Shijie (Kate) Zhou, SRA Class of 2016, because he was “the teacher who had the most significant impact on her academic performance and successful entrance into the University of California, Irvine,” according to the award letter.

The event recognizes educators “who are committed to fostering a strong personal and academic foundation in their students.”

Kate, a member of the Class of 2016, is currently studying mathematics at the university. Kate, one of our international students from Changsha, China, was very skilled in mathematics, taking AP Calculus in her junior year at Saints. Faced with finding another math course for her to comply with the Academy’s required four years of mathematics, Mr. Soucar designed an independent study course in Linear Algebra for Kate’s senior year.

Mr. Soucar, an alum of the Class of 1990, has been teaching at the Academy for 10 years and has been chair of the math department for the last five years. When not teaching, Mr. Soucar and his wife raise sheep and chickens on their home farm in Foster.


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