My name is Jared Ferguson, I am a career educator who grew up in Utah. I am married to my wife of 24 years have a son who attends a local charter school in Utah County. My career in education began about 25 years ago as I entered education as a science teacher at Provo High School. From there I went to Provo Districts alternative high school as a teacher on special assignment and to help with admin. work. After being sponsored by Provo District to earn my masters in School Administration I spent time as a leader at the middle and high school levels and ended my career in Provo as a District Administrator over secondary programs and science. About 2 years ago I left Provo to help a local charter school to locate a bldg. and grow their high school program to include 9th grade. I then continued as the Principal at the newly created high school until this opportunity came to join the team at Athenian. In the past few days I have been constantly impressed by the level of commitment and the accomplishments of the Athenian Team. I am so excited to meet all of you in person over the next few weeks. I am also looking forward to learning with and from you as we move forward in the goal of providing excellent educational opportunities to our students across the State.
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Natalie was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. She attended Weber State University where she was the Chairman of the Child and Family Studies Student Association. She married her husband and moved to California where she graduated from California State University with a bachelors in Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies. A few years ago she moved back to the area.
Natalie is passionate about education; especially ensuring that children receive an education that is developmentally appropriate and is suited to their learning needs. She has two children and likes to read, sew, and explore.
I was born and raised in Utah. Both of my parents are retired educators and have held leadership positions in the educational community. I come to Athenian Academy with 19 years of experience in a variety of educational settings. My greatest strength and experience is in the area of Special Education.
I began my pursuit in the field of education at Westminster College in Salt Lake City where I received my B.A. in elementary education with a minor in English. From there, I attended The University of Utah where I received my M.Ed. in Special Education. Shortly after, I finished a certificate in Early Childhood Special Education at Utah State University and an Administrative Certificate from Southern Utah University.
I have held many positions in public and private school settings which include; Special Education Director, Principal, Preschool Director, 504 Coordinator, ELL Coordinator and Testing Specialist. Adjunct Professor in Special Education at Snow College, Ephraim, UT.
As the Special Education Director of Athenian Academy, I look forward to working with school staff and families to meet the needs of our students with disabilities.
I grew up in the small rural town of Eureka, Utah, which makes me very relatable with our AeA campuses. I have had many career paths in my life and feel fortunate to have landed at Athenian eAcademy.
My greatest passion is my family, I have two children and six grandchildren. I enjoy golfing with my husband and camping with all my family and friends.
I attended what is now Texas A&M in Commerce,Texas, where I received my undergraduate degree in Social Work. For my graduate degree, I attended the University of Nevada at Reno and received a Master's Degree in Special Education. I had the honor to receive the Teacher of the Year award while working for Nye County School District in Nevada. I had the privilege to coach the High School Varsity Girls Soccer team where we won the State Championship title 2 times. I have worked as an Instructional Consultant for 12 years and an Instructional Coach and Site Administrator for AeA for the last two years.
I have lived in The Basin for most of my life. I have two boys and a wonderful husband. We love to go camping and on adventures together. I have always had a love of learning and I want to share that with everyone. I became a teacher to share in the education adventure. I believe every student can learn and should have a chance to be successful in their learning. I have been with Athenian eAcademy since the beginning and I love it!