Degrees and Certifications:

Education: College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY) - Bachelor's Degree: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY) - Master's Degree: Literacy (Birth - Grade 6) North Carolina Certification: Elementary Education (Grades K-6) North Carolina Certification: Middle Grades Language Arts (6-9)

Ms. Laurel Ferguson

Welcome Everyone,

My name is Laurel Ferguson. I relocated from the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York twelve years ago, where I was born and raised. I began my teaching career shortly after receiving my masters degree at College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Upon moving to North Carolina, I began teaching right here at Southwest Elementary School and I am very fortunate to be here! SWE is like family! I am extremely passionate about teaching and truly enjoy spending every moment educating young children in the classroom each day. I am entering my eleventh year of teaching at SWE and my nineth year teaching First grade! 

I thoroughly enjoy the warmth and sunsets of NC! Throughout the year, I enjoy going to the beach, chasing and capturing every sunset imaginable, taking rides to listen to music, taking walks in parks, and observing nature. I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible to soak in all of God's Glory!

I have a cat named Jada who is 17 years old! I have had her since my senior year of college, when she was merely a six-week-old kitten. For a year, I couldn't decide which was a greater challenge, my graduate school course-work, or Jada running through my stacks of papers and up the curtains ;) Turns out, it was graduate school and I successfully managed to make it through it all. I still marvel and laugh at Jada's impeccably clever distractions and talent back then as a teeny, tiny kitten. She is an AMAZING cat and I am SO grateful to have her every moment in my life!!

Though our school year started off far differently than I ever could have anticipated, I am wholeheartedly looking forward to another great year educating children and I appreciate the support you provide in your child's life and education every day! THANK YOU!