Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Penny Ferguson
Today, the only place where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average is Garrison Keillor's mythical Lake Wobegon, but teaching in the Maryville City School System is close. In our mythical kingdom excellent teaching is the norm, motivated students abound, and intellectual curiosity is alive and well. I am a product of the Maryville City School System, and I have spent my career teaching here.
I have a vision of what education might be, and I am committed to helping students achieve these goals:
1)Our children learn to think--clearly and with respect for the evidence--for themselves.
2)Our children come to know the marvelously rich and varied and colorful cloth from which our culture has been cut.
3)Our children come to understand how to turn facts into tools and how to tell the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
4)Our children enter the world believing that they can make a difference and are equipped with the means to do so.
5)Our children catch the sustaining joy of learning.
National Honor Society
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Doctor of Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Educational Specialist
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Master of Arts
Maryville College, Maryville, TN Bachelor of Arts
1970‑present Maryville High School, Maryville, TN 11th grade English
1991-present Maryville College, Maryville, TN Teacher Education classes
1969‑1970 John Sevier Elementary, Maryville, TN 7th grade English
2006-present National School Reform Faculty National Facilitator, Tennessee Center of Activity Director
Professional Organizations and Appointments:
Certified by College Board in AP Language and AP Literature
MEA, TEA, NEA, TCTE, NCTE, Gilder Lehrman
2011-present Tennessee Curriculum Center English Language Arts Appointee
2010-present Advanced Placement Advisory Board National Level, Pearson Group
2008-present Starlight Awards Committee Maryville City Schools Foundation
2006-present Chair of Teacher Awards, Tennessee Council of Teachers of English
Second Block: English 3 Honors--Yearlong A/B Schedule
Third Block: English 3 Advanced Placement--Yearlong A/B Schedule
MHS English fee ($12.00 per course) covers a variety of items, including
•Scantrons (for exams, vocabulary tests, etc.)
•Test preparation material (AP Exam practice books, ACT practice books, etc.)
•Printer cartridges for in-class printers
•Printer image drums, belts for printer maintenance
•Batteries for keyboards/mice
• Presentation software upgrades
•Geo-design/colored paper/art equipment/film for English projects
•Media (fine art and DVDs)
•Paperback books (though students don't keep these, with multiple users, wear and tear,
and book loss, these have to be replaced periodically