Welcome to our news section! You can view current and archived news items by using the drop-down menus below.
Watch for Kim Ferguson on Channel 13's Top Teacher Segment on April 15
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Tune in Wednesday, April 15 to see NewsChannel 13's Top Teacher segment featuring Kim Ferguson, a consultant teacher at the F. Donald Myers Education Center who was selected as one of NewsChannel 13's Top Teachers out of approximately 250 region wide nominations.
The Top Teacher segment runs during the 5:30 p.m. news broadcast on Wednesday and is repeated Thursday morning during the 6 a.m. broadcast.
On April 1, Elaine Houston and her cameraman stopped by the Myers Center to videotape Ms. Ferguson for The Top Teacher program, which is sponsored by SEFCU. It is also promoted on the SEFCU electronic billboards if you're in the Albany area. One is on I-90 near Exit 5 and the other is on 787 South near Huck Finn's Warehouse.
The cameraman told the students in Clay Corey's Welding class to just ignore him as he strolled around capturing Ms. Ferguson in action. Then Ms. Houston interviewed Ms. Ferguson and a couple of students.
Ms. Ferguson has worked in various positions at WSWHE BOCES for 27 years, most currently as a consultant teacher. In her second year as a consultant teacher, Ms. Ferguson coordinates modifications to the Career and Technical Education programs to meet the needs of the students. From testing modifications and classroom support to study guides, Ms. Ferguson’s adapts the curriculum on an individualized basis helping students to succeed.
She’s also a SkillsUSA advisor for the Construction Trades, Information Technology, Welding, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration programs.
Ms. Ferguson has worked closely with Mr. Corey’s welding classroom assisting him and his students and it shows. Mr. Corey said, “The students are more engaged and their grades have improved, thanks to Ms. Ferguson’s efforts. In the 14 years that I’ve worked at BOCES, I’ve never had anyone spend as much time and effort behind the scenes to assist the students. She will arrive early and stay late. She puts her whole heart and soul into helping our students succeed. Plus, I never had to ask. She is very proactive.“
Meghan Kindl, a Schuylerville student in Mr. Corey’s welding class, added, “Ms. Ferguson comes in with a happy attitude that makes you feel better than when you first got there. She helps everyone, is super nice and deserves to be credited for all that she does.”
So, it’s no surprise that it was thanks to Mr. Corey, his students and Ruth Shippee, Dean of Students at the Myers Center, that Ms. Ferguson was chosen as a Top Teacher. They worked together to send in their nominations to Elaine Houston at WNYT, News Channel 13, who recognized our extraordinary educator.