Dr. Penny B. Ferguson

English, Grade 11, Maryville High School, Maryville, Tennessee

Total years as a classroom teacher: 38


1988 University of Tennessee Ed.D.
1981 University of Tennessee Ed.S.
1974 University of Tennessee M.A., Education
1969 Maryville College B.A., Education

Teaching Experience

1970-present Grade 11, English, Maryville High School, Maryville, Tennessee
1991-present Teacher Education, Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee
1969-1970 Grade 7, English, John Sevier Elementary, Maryville, Tennessee

Special Recognition

2007 Tennessee Education Association Teacher of Excellence
2007 Selected as Director of Tennessee Center of Activity for National School Reform Faculty
2006 Recognized as a National Facilitator, National School Reform Faculty
2003 Disney American Teacher Award
2003 National Education Association Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence
2003 USA Today All-American Teacher Team, honorable mention
2003 National Council of Teachers of English Teacher of Excellence Award
2003 Recognized in Resolution No. 1083 for outstanding service to youth
of Tennessee, State of Tennessee House of Representatives and Senate
2002 Chevy Malibu / Time Magazine Teaching Excellence Award
2002 Unsung Heroes Award, Northern Life Insurance
1998 Outstanding Teacher Award, Governor’s School for International Studies
1997 21st Century Educator of the Year Award, 21st Century Magazine
1996 Good Neighbor Teaching Award, National Council of Teachers of English and State Farm


  • Penny feels that among the greatest gifts she gives her students are
    the tools to succeed in whatever academic environment they encounter.
  • She wants her students to realize they must be lifelong learners and
    that they should not be content to think they have “learned it all.”

“[Penny Ferguson] exemplifies all characteristics of an outstanding
teacher because of her dedication and her enthusiasm for the teaching
profession. Her merits are limitless as reflected in her
professionalism, knowledge of the subject matter, teaching performance,
and the success of and praise from her students.”

Mike Dalton, Director of Schools, Maryville City Schools

“Dr. Penny Ferguson is one of the best teachers I have ever had. She
is all that you expect from a teacher—patient, loving, demanding,
strict—and she knows what each of her students is capable of achieving.”

Jarred C. Cook, Former Student