Dr. Mary J. Ferguson was recently appointed as Alpha Academy’s Katherine G. Johnson STEM Institute Director. Her response to the appointment was, “I am excited to serve the students in a proactive way. I have a passion for making sure students, faculty, and parents have access to information that supports moving forward with educational values”.
Mary is a native of Bennettsville, South Carolina but graduated from 71st High School. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Winston Salem State University, M.ED., St. Mary University (Leavenworth, KS), MSA Fayetteville State University and Ed. D. (Fayetteville State University). She is a NC Licensed educator, has taught nationally and internationally at levels K – 12 and higher education on civilian and military bases. “I’ve had a rich transient experience in education. I always want to improve myself for worthy service to others. In retrospect, my first experience in education was in Arizona for five months. I was a reading teacher on a Hopi Reservation with the CETA Program. I knew then that I loved education”.
She is the mother of two and grandmother of two. She loves cultural events and serves as a Historic Resource Commissioner for the City of Fayetteville. Her publishing efforts include being the author of five books with the most recent entitled: STEM and Cyber Culture. Serving in education since 1978, she said, “I have been fortunate to serve, deliver and design curriculum for our 20th and 21st century learners and fellow educators”. Prior to her appointment at Alpha Academy, during her residency in Fayetteville, she served nine years as an adjunct professor of education and English, grant writer, TIDES Coordinator and program developer for STEM at Fayetteville State University; ten years as an assistant principal and teacher for North Carolina Public Schools (Cumberland, Robeson and Scotland counties).