South Johnston Teacher Named Carolina Panthers Teacher Of The Year

Sheryl Sauls, the FSI Office – Carolina Panthers Teacher of the Year, was awarded a hand painted football from the Carolina Panthers after being named the winner at recent a Panthers home football game. Out of 900 entries, Sheryl was selected as the overall winner.

During the first 10 weeks of the football season, numerous teachers were nominated by parents, coworkers, and students. After each nomination was read, 10 teachers were chosen as the weekly winners. The public was allowed to vote on one teacher from the week where Mrs. Sauls was chosen as the week 9 winner.

The top 10 weekly teachers nominations were then reviewed by FSI Office and Panthers personnel where Sheryl was chosen as the yearly winner for the 2018 Season. She was presented a Panthers jersey by Carolina Panthers’ President at the game and received gift packs full of great office supplies, Panthers gear and $5,000 in office products to be used in her classroom and at South Johnston High School. Mrs. Sauls teaches fashion, designing and foods at South Johnston.

Mrs. Sauls was nominated for the FSI/Panthers Teacher of the Week by Senior South Johnston High School student Dianah Stewart.  Stewart’s nomination stated, “Mrs. Sauls deserves to win because she is one of the kindest, supportive and most hard working teachers who not only encourages everyone to try harder but also believes and cares about every child she teaches.  She encourages students to try harder and prepares them with skills and knowledge to be successful in their future.”

Mrs. Sauls inspired Dianah from the moment she walked into her classroom.  Stewart said, “She plays a very important role in my life as a student at South Johnston High School.  She is like an artist painting a blank canvas turning it into a masterpiece.  When I walked into her classroom, I didn’t know anything about fashion.  I had no hope of becoming anything in life and didn’t know my purpose of coming to school.  I was so inspired by her teaching because she cared and made sure every student in her classroom not only studied to pass the exam but that we were studying to learn and understand. Now, I am a senior student at south Johnston and an aspiring fashion designer, I am working on getting into one of the fashion designing schools in New York called Parsons. I love fashion with a passion because I was introduced to fashion by the best teacher anybody could ever ask for, Mrs. Sheryl Sauls.”

Sheryl Sauls is married to Boyd Sauls and they have two daughters, Rachel and Layla.  She resides in Four Oaks.  Contributed article and photos