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Education & Social Science Graduates

Kathryn Ferguson, M.Ed.

What I do now:
I have the privilege of teaching 6th grade World History to the wonderful students at Youree Drive Middle AP Magnet School in Shreveport.

My work/job consists of:
In 6th grade Social Studies, students are exposed to thousands of years of history in a few short months. Working with the curriculum set forth by the state, I work to make ancient history relevant to my students with engaging, interactive lessons.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
I fell in love with history in high school. Education offered the perfect opportunity for me to be able to share this love with my students. The professors at LSUS allowed me to expand my knowledge as I pursued this interest.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I chose LSUS due to the reputation of its College of Education. Also, its history department boasted professors in areas of study in which I was personally interested

Fond memories of LSUS:
I served as Student Ambassador during my years at LSUS. It was a wonderful way to meet people and help fellow students. I thoroughly enjoyed working in the Admissions Department.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. David Gustavson was instrumental during my junior and senior years at LSUS in assisting me with observation and working with veteran teachers in Caddo Parish Schools. He helped me contact fellow educators who remain significant in my career today.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS provided a strong foundation from which I continue to find new and rewarding ways to further my education and career path. I can honestly say that numerous members of the LSUS faculty and staff pushed me to achieve more than I originally believed possible. I went on to receive my M.Ed. from Centenary College in 2007.

Advice to college-bound students:
Do not be afraid to try new things. While you may believe you know "exactly" what you want for your future career, detours and new paths can be both rewarding and exciting. Do not be afraid to explore them while keeping graduation in your future.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Talk to educators who are invested and excited about their field. I believe that education is one of the most challenging and rewarding career paths available. By speaking to fellow educators, you can form a network of professionals who will support and encourage you.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Choose your own career path. Try not to have tunnel vision based upon what others people may have in mind for you. Part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities may help you determine the path that you are best suited for.

My toughest professional challenge:
Education is full of challenges. However, it is also one of the most rewarding career paths available. I attempt to continue to learn new methods and techniques to keep my students engaged in a positive, interactive learning environment.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
• Louisiana State Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2019
• Caddo Parish Schools Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2019
• Louisiana PTA Educator of Distinction, 2015
• Youree Drive Middle AP Magnet School Teacher of the Year, 2010
• LSUS - Academic Achievement in the College of Education for Secondary Education, 2000-2001

I've learned this from life:
God has a plan for your path. Sometimes this plan is not evident; however, it is always present.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
I would love to travel to all of the many places my students study throughout the year. What amazing resources I could bring back!

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