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Cleveland Co. teacher wins national honor

BOILING SPRINGS -- A Cleveland County middle school teacher has been named a national winner of an award given to educators who make a positive difference in the lives of their students.

Brian Soash, who teaches eighth-grade science and mathematics at Crest Middle School, was honored Thursday as the 2012-13 LifeChanger of the Year award. The honor is presented by the National Life Group.

Soash was among more than 400 nominees and 10 winners of the honor, which carries a $3,000 prize. Half of that goes to Soash, and the other half is awarded to Crest Middle School. Soash was honored during a school-wide rally.

“Brian is an amazing teacher,” said Beverly Owens, a fellow Crest Middle teacher who nominated him. “He is enthusiastic, energetic, and dedicated. His innovative teaching ideas help his students achieve academic excellence, and his initiative challenges me to develop new and engaging methods of teaching.”

Soash organized a race, as a fund raising event, after an eighth-grader was diagnosed with cancer. The event raised more than $15,000 for the student.

“Brian has been a blessing to our school,” Crest Middle Principal Amy Jones said. “He has challenged teachers and administrators to always do our best for our students. He never gives up on his students.”

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