Title: Professor in Kinesiology & English Specialist (Retired)
Location: Humble, Texas, United States
Jennifer Lee Berry Ferguson, EdD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for her dedication, achievements, and leadership in Kinesiology and English. She retired in 2015 after 45 years in the field of education.
Dr. Ferguson began her career in the Aldine Independent School District using her skills as a physical educator, coach, and drill team director from 1968 to 1975. In 1975, she worked in the Spring Branch Independent School District as a health teacher and drill team coach until 1978, when she received a leave of absence to obtain her MEd at Stephen F. Austin University. Dr. Ferguson returned to Spring Branch ISD in 1979 and taught physical education, English, and coached. In 1986, she left SBISD when she was recruited to work at Houston Baptist University in the kinesiology department and organize a new NCAA women’s volleyball team. She remained at HBU until 2003 as the volleyball coach, a professor and eventually chair of the kinesiology department. Following HBU, Dr. Ferguson worked in the Houston Independent School District from 2003 to 2010 teaching English and later as an English language arts specialist. She retired after working in Klein ISD as a literacy specialist from 2011 to 2015.
Dr. Ferguson first pursued an education at Houston Baptist University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1968. Taking a leave of absence in 1978 from SBISD, she attended Stephen F. Austin University, completing a Master of Education in 1979. After being recruited by HBU in 1986, she entered the doctorial program in administration and supervision-higher education at the University of Houston, earning an EdD in 1994. Dr. Ferguson has been certified as a teacher in the state of Texas, in health and physical education and English, also in English as a second language for grades 6-12, as a language arts teacher specialist and as a Laying the Foundation teacher for grades 6-12.
A respected voice in her areas of interest, Dr. Ferguson has been affiliated with several professional organizations. She is a member of TAHPERD, the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Texas Retired Teachers, Kappa Delta Pi and Delta Psi Kappa. For her contributions to the field, she was named Memorial High School Teacher of the Year in 1986 and Faculty Woman of the Year in 1994 by Houston Baptist University, who honored Dr. Ferguson with the Meritorious Alumni Award in 1996. Dr. Ferguson has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.
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