My name is Mandi Ferguson. This is my fourth year at Ramsey Magnet School of Science. Teaching has always been my passion. I am truly blessed to do what I love every day and love learning alongside my kids!
Previously, I taught for seven years at Webster Elementary in Lewiston, Idaho in special education, 5th grade, and 6th grade. While teaching at Ramsey, I've spent the past three years in 2nd grade.
I now get the unique opportunity to loop with my students. This year I will be teaching 3rd grade with a large majority of the same students I had last year in 2nd grade. Looping is an opportunity that allows students to grow farther academically and socially, because they are not relearning a new teacher or classroom. As a teacher, looping allows me to build stronger, positive relationships with my kids and their families as we spend two years together. In addition, I know exactly what each student in my classroom needs coming into this year, and I am able to start the year off giving them exactly what they need to meet their unique needs. For those of you who are new to our classroom this year, we can’t wait to get to know you and have you join the family we have created in our room.
I grew up in Lewiston, Idaho and graduated college from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. This past year I also earned by Masters in Education from the University of Idaho. I have a nine year old daughter, Graci, who is a 4th grader this year at Ramsey. She keeps us busy with dance, volleyball, and golf! This past summer I got married to Kyle Ferguson. We are avid football (Go Cowboys!) and NASCAR fans and enjoy camping, four-wheeling, fishing, hiking, and hunting with our family and friends.
In 3rd grade this year, we will explore water, weather, eagles, motion, crayfish, and plants together along with many other topics! I work to integrate science into all subject areas in our classroom and to create science investigations that have purpose and meaning for students. Although the rainbow trout fish hatchery is still a 2nd grade project, we will be helping the 2nd graders care for their fish this year as fish experts. I strive to create a classroom community where all students are safe to take risks in their learning. We create this community together in a comfortable and exciting classroom environment. We will work hard, set high expectations for one another, and enjoy learning each day!
I am so excited to be a part of the 3rd grade team for the first time year. Thank you for sharing your child with me this year! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime!