Who is Lee Ferguson?
I am an educator, a lifelong learner, and a lover of science and the scientific process. I am privileged to get to share these things with both children and adults.
I am a staunch advocate for and supporter of the public school system.
I am a reflective practitioner who is always looking for ways to improve what I do and how I do it so that I can help students and teachers learn.
I am the wife of a fellow educator, the daughter of two fantastic parents, and the sister of two of the best siblings one could ask for.
I am a proud alumna of Southwestern University, where I earned my BA in Biology. I also completed graduate work at the University of North Texas but ultimately finished a MAT degree in Science Education at The University of Texas at Dallas.
I taught Biology I and Pre-AP Biology I for Plano ISD for six years before moving to teach at Allen High School in 2003. I currently teach AP Biology, IB Biology SL, as well as IB Biology HL 1 and serve as the lead AP/IB teacher for our campus, working with a team of three other highly talented educators. I have helped to increase enrollment in advanced biology courses on our campus from just 42 students in 2003 to over 400 students in 2017. Since 2015, I have also served as the sponsor of our campus' African Students' Organization which seeks to educate its members and others about African culture and the issues facing African students in the United States. I am proud of what these students have been able to accomplish on our campus and look forward to what they will do in the future.
Apart from teaching students, I also lead professional development sessions for teachers in local school districts, including McKinney and Irving ISDs. I am an instructor for the Advanced Biology MOOC offered by Rice/EdX, and a contributing author to the teacher's edition of David Hillis' Principles of Life, 2nd edition textbook. I have served as a reviewer of many instructional materials for biology. I have also developed professional development materials and reviewed instructional materials for the College Board. In 2009, I was appointed to serve on the committee that authored the Biology TEKS for the State of Texas.
I am an AP Consultant for the College Board, and lead professional development for AP teachers across the country. I have served as an AP Reader for the AP Biology exam since 2006. I am also an HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador, leading professional development at conferences such as NSTA, NABT, and CAST.
I am a Past President for the Texas Association of Biology Teachers. I also serve on NABT's Professional Development Committee. From 2013 until 2019, I was a Rotarian with the North Texas Pioneers Rotary Club and served as its secretary for two years. I also hold memberships in NABT, NSTA, STAT, AAAS and TSELA.