ThunderRidge teacher honored by M.I.T.

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Denise Gonzales
Special to the Herald
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Donna Ferguson of ThunderRidge High School was recently awarded the M.I.T. Inspirational Teacher Award for inspiring excellence in a current Massachusetts Institute of Technology student and ThunderRidge alumnus.

Nathan Landman, M.I.T. class of 2015, described Ferguson as a teacher who “always pushes her students to achieve their best and to pursue their maximum potential.” To achieve this, according to Landman, she molds her teaching style based on student input to best meet their learning needs.

“Ferguson encourages critical thinking rather than memorization; a skill that is highly valued at M.I.T.,” Landman said.

Ferguson was the only teacher from Colorado and one of only 32 teachers worldwide to receive the award this year. M.I.T. has expressed its gratitude to Ferguson for inspiring one of her brightest students to become one of their own.

With high school teachers facing tighter standards and budgets, the M.I.T. Inspirational Teacher Award gives much-deserved recognition to teachers who inspire excellence in their students.

This award provides a vehicle for M.I.T. students to recognize outstanding high school teachers who inspired them. Most students have a high school teacher, counselor, or coach who stands out in their hearts and memories as a significant influence in their lives.

The lessons these educators teach often go far beyond the subject matter of their fields. They instill values and a love of learning that shape educational and career choices, and guide students throughout their lives.

M.I.T. is happy to recognize these exceptional high school educators. Selections are made on the basis of information and insights presented in online nominations, submitted by current M.I.T. students.

More information is available online at mit.edu/inspire.

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