JCPS Teacher Assistants Named To NCATA Leadership

Johnston County Public Schools teacher assistants, Chris Le’von Brown and Lisa Soard, were named to leadership roles on the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants (NCATA) State Board of Directors through 2019.

Chris Le’Von Brown, a teacher assistant who serves in the Dropout Prevention Program at Clayton High School, will assume the position of President of the NCATA on July 1.

Brown previously served as both the 2nd and 1st Vice-President before being inducted as president at the 35th Annual NCATA Conference in April.

NCATA President Chris Brown, teacher assistant at Clayton High School.

Brown has been a teacher assistant since April of 2001 after having served in the United States Navy on a guided missile destroyer and serving in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and the Gulf War. He is a member of the American Legion Post 141 in Selma, NC.

Brown’s motto is, “One way to lose a fight is not to fight. If you don’t stand, fight, or believe in something, you will run and fall for anything.”

Lisa Soard, a teacher assistant at South Johnston High School, will assume the position of Secretary of the NCATA on July 1.

Soard has held offices at the local and district level before being inducted as state secretary. She has served as the Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Historian, and 1st Vice-President of the Johnston County Association of Teacher Assistants (JCATA) and as the treasurer for NCATA District 3.

Lisa Soard, teacher assistant at South Johnston High School, will serve as NCATA Secretary

Soard has been a teacher assistant for eighteen years and previously worked retail before becoming a teacher assistant. In addition to working as a teacher assistant, Soard works part-time at Food Lion in Princeton.

Soard is from Princeton and is the daughter of Judy Soard of Princeton and James Soard of Selma. In her free time Soard spends as much time as possible with her family, including her children Iyanna Merritt and Rashad Soard and her five Godchildren Janara, Jamie, Jaxen, Justice and Josiah.