NBC5 News anchor and Fort Worth ISD volunteer leader Deborah Ferguson, has been selected as a Hero for Children by the State Board of Education.
The Fort Worth ISD nominated Ms. Ferguson for this prestigious honor which is bestowed on volunteers who have made profound and positive contributions to student learning or who have demonstrated sustained periods of involvement and support of public schools.
Although she has served FWISD for a long time and in many roles, it is through her involvement in the Young Women’s Leadership Academy that her extraordinary and inspiring leadership has been easily visible.
Ms. Ferguson, a graduate of FWISD’s Trimble Tech High School, is widely respected for her devotion to community service with special emphasis on the education of young women. Because of the special influence of her own mother in her life, Ms. Ferguson is committed to being a positive role model for young women who will be the mothers and leaders of the future.
“I want students to know that their life doesn’t define them,” said Ms. Ferguson recently addressing teachers at the 2016 FWISD Convocation. “It’s not about where they are now but where they are going: and when they get there, the responsibility and the joy of reaching back and helping others find their way, too.”
Thanks, in part, to the volunteer skills, charisma, and knowledge she brought to her work at YWLA young women interested in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics have a promising future. The academy’s first class sent 32 young women to college, earning more than $6.5 million in scholarships.
The Hero for Children award will be officially presented at the September 16 meeting of the State Board of Education in Austin.