Dr. Tracy (Surdez) Vik - Excellence in Education
Dr. Tracy (Surdez) Vik, ’95, serves as principal of Sonia Sotomayor Spanish Immersion Elementary School in Sioux Falls. In 2006, she and her daughter founded Project Warm-Up to create blankets for area youth in need. To date, over 22,000 blankets have been delivered to children due to homelessness, financial and health concerns, loss of a parent, placement in foster care, or for other tragedies. Tracy received several awards for her service including the 2018 South Dakota District Sertoma Service to Mankind Award and the 2014 South Dakota Education Association Human and Civil Rights Award. She previously served as assistant principal at Edison Middle School in Sioux Falls, as a technology integration specialist at the South Dakota Department of Education, and as a special education teacher in Converse County in Wyoming. Tracy is married to Todd Vik and together they have four children.