Teachers of TN: Penny Ferguson

“So many people are afraid of change, and I am not. Whatever new initiative has come along, I’ve volunteered as an early adopter—every single thing. When computers were first introduced into the Maryville school system, teachers in my department were reluctant to take the 5 classroom stations. I said, ‘I’ll take them,’ and soon my students were using them for everything. I told my principal, ‘don’t ever discount me because of my age or my point in my career.’ I hope to be a role model as a lifelong learner.”

—Dr. Penny Ferguson, English, Maryville City Schools