Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a Concentration in Vocal and General Studies Master of Music in Music Education and Music Studies K-12 Teaching License
Mrs. Hillary N. Goodson-Spear
My name is Hillary Goodson-Spear and I am thrilled to be part of the White Oak Community! I am a 2006 graduate of the Oak and was a student of Mrs. Pam Taylor. I graduated summa cum laude from Meredith College in May 2010 with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Choral/General Music and a K-12 License. I was a NC Teaching Fellow and a Meredith College Academic Scholarship Recipient. At Meredith, I studied under Dr. Ellen Williams, Dr. Anthony Vaglio, Dr. Jim Waddelow, and Dr. Fran Page. I completed my student teaching in 2010 under Mr. Mike Gilliam at Middle Creek High School. After graduation, I taught for 4 years at Richlands High School, where I was the Director of Choral, Theatre, and Musical Activities. I taught chorus, music appreciation, music theory, and theatre. I graduated summa cum laude from Liberty University in December 2021 with a Master's of Music in Music Education and Music Studies.
Here at White Oak I am the Director of Choral Activities, where I direct the 3 vocal performing ensembles: Mixed Ensemble, Belle Voci, and Chamber Choir. I am also the Director for the annual Spring Musical and advisor to the Tri M Music Honor Society. I am the 2021 White Oak Teacher of the Year, a 2021 - 2022 OCS Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2017, 2022, 2023 White Oak Arts Teacher of the Year, and 2021 - 2022 OCS Electives and Encore Teacher of the Year. I also serve as the Lead High School Choral Director, leading Professional Development and coordinator for All County Choir Activities.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart and fellow Viking Alum, Scott (C/O 2005), for 10 years and we are the proud parents to future Vikings, Mason and Jennie.