Oyster Bay High School social studies teacher Brian Soper was named Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies (LICSS). The award recognizes teachers who have demonstrated effective and inspiring social studies teaching, including the ability to convey the importance and vitality of social studies to high school students.
Soper has been teaching for about 18 years. During his 13 years at Oyster Bay High School, he has taught AP European History, AP World History, Global 10 Regents, U.S. History Regents, and 8th grade social studies. Outside the classroom, Soper has coached boys’ and girls’ basketball at the middle and high school levels and intramural golf. But his greatest coaching achievement was expanding the boys’ lacrosse program. He began coaching lacrosse in 2008, bringing the program from the middle level to junior varsity and then to varsity in 2012. As a former player, he won the 2001 National Championship at Adelphi and was a two-time All-American Goalie.
—Oyster Bay High School