Sohailah Stout may have been gifted in
music, but she was determined to design and build things. If Oral Roberts
University had a degree in architecture, she would have enrolled, but she
settled for civil engineering. Stout was on track to graduate early when her
heart forced a career change. The would-be engineer turned choir teacher was
named the Teacher of the Year for Canyon Ridge Intermediate for 2017-2018.
“I love science and math and in the eighth grade, they (teachers) said ‘You do so well in science and math, you should be an engineer.’ Music was just something I did. I thought, ‘Everybody does music.’”
Midway through her sophomore year of college, doubts about her career choice rose to the surface. She’s an energetic, commanding presence with a raucous, infectious laugh.
“I was looking at the rest of the people who were engineers and they were super quiet and super studious,” she said. “I wasn’t sure this was for me.”