Tara Ferguson, Teacher
Humanities 10th & 11th, Humanities Department Head
BA. in English Literature, Creative Writing Emphasis
MA. in Secondary Education
Arizona Teaching Certificates in English, History, Spanish, ELL
Start Year at Metro: 2012
Humanities Department Head
English Language Learners
Tara Ferguson earned her B.A. in English Literature from University of Kansas in 1991 before going on to receive her M.A .in Secondary Education. She is additionally trained in various teaching programs and modalities including the International Baccalaureate and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) educational programs.
Tara began traveling during college when she studied a year at the University of Wales - Aberystwyth. After she finished college, she spent time teaching, studying and serving as a non-profit volunteer in various countries throughout Central and South America and Europe. She has taught in Arizona for over 15 years and still enjoys traveling. Tara likes to meet people from other cultures, read, hike, cook, and work in her garden where she cultivates many vegetables and medicinal herbs. She writes in her spare time when she isn't exploring or camping with her husband, John. Tara's daughter, Saragrace, graduated from Metro-Arts and is now studying Marine Science in Washington.
Why Metro Arts?
I love teaching in a small school with talented and engaging students. It is exciting teaching in a school in downtown Phoenix, where the vibrant arts community and museums can become part of our classrooms. I also enjoy working with creative students, showing them that like the arts, essay writing, literature and history can be approached in a creative, passionate and fun way too. I find that Metro students are particularly inspiring and willing to engage in meaningful discussions about real issues connected to the Humanities. I believe that when enthusiasm and high standards are combined, students not only learn more, but become more confident, happier human beings. I also believe that Metro students have the capacity to change the world for the better.