Stacey Ferguson, English teacher at Southmoore High School, has been named the 2009-2010 District Teacher of the Year for Moore Public Schools and will be the local nominee for the 2011 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Ferguson has taught 12 years, the last two at Southmoore, where she teaches ninth grade English and reading. She also has taught at Brink and Moore West junior high schools.

The Moore School District was not new to Ferguson when she began teaching 12 years ago. She was a 1986 graduate of Moore High School.

Ferguson is a national board certified teacher. She received her degree from Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts. She received her teaching certificate from the University of Central Oklahoma.

"I feel very blessed to teach among such talented people that make up the community of Southmoore," she said. "I develop a feeling of community throughout the school. I help my students connect curriculum to life and I inspire my students to grow in knowledge and citizenship."

"My philosophy begins with the question: What can I do to help my students reach their potential?" Ferguson said. "To do this, I meet the needs of my students in four areas. I make sure that I create a positive environment for my students. This environment must be one of safety and positive reinforcement."

Her daughter, Madelyn Ferguson, is a freshman at Southmoore High School.

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