Average 3.23 based on 16 teacher ratings
Penny Ferguson is an English teacher at Maryville High School located in Maryville, Tennessee and part of Maryville School District. Penny Ferguson's 16 teacher ratings contributes to Maryville High School's ranking of 72 in Tennessee. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Maryville High School is 4.28 stars.
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While she does have a lot of academic history at the school... she is not an easy/agreeable teacher. She seems to only teach for her awards, gives you a TON of busy work, and rarely gets in front of the class to actually teach. She has a tendency to copy and paste her comments and reviews on your essay. Therefore, giving you an unfair grade. Also, she gets mad very easily. On the bright side she does help you learn how to finish work quickly simply from "practice".

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While Dr. Ferguson makes class fun and entertaining at times, she gives out too much busy work. The time spent on doing random things in class could rather be spent working on papers of which there are A LOT. If you have any questions she will answer them most of the time, but there wouldn't be any questions if she actually gave out instructions. Overall Dr. Ferguson is a decent and fun person, but not the greatest teacher; but you will learn how to complete a paper in 3 hours.

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When asked to rate Dr. Ferguson on the different scales ( helpfulness, clarity, etc), I struggled in truly examining Dr. Ferguson as a teacher because she does not really teach. I learned how to complete tons of work in little time. Her ways are part good, part bad. The bad is, the work is too much and somewhat unnecessary. The good is, you WILL become a much a better writer in her class even if that means you become a better writer just from practice. No feedback. Little teaching.

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She only taught 1 formal lesson the whole year I had her, and that was only because she was being evaluated by the her boss. She doesn't teach- She expects you to teach yourself and other classmates, and when you take a quiz on something, you never know what you got right and wrong. She re-uses questions that you never learned the correct answer to. All-in-all, she's overrated. She's nice, I admit that, but she's also overbearing and fake all the time. Not a fan. Made a B+, still hated it.

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Does everything for her awards, does not teach. She puts on a cheerful smile while loading you up on work that won't help you learn anything, but will win her another award. Her cheerfulness fools a

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I don't know where anyone could get good things out of her. Even now she haunts me like a demon through NHS. She's controlling and demanding, and she sucked the work ethic right out of me. :(

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Thanks to Dr. Ferguson, I tested out of freshman English in college. She is demanding, expects students to be self-motivated, and won't hold your hand & pat your head. THAT is why she is so effective.

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Her class might be hard but it's fun. I learned a lot in that class. She is very organized!!

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By far the best teacher at MHS! Best preparation for college. Tough love. Cares about her students. Works harder than we do. Enthusiastic about all that she does.

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Awesome teacher! She makes the lessons interesting and fun. Students are required to think. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, cares about students. A definite WOW!

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Fergie is pretty full of herself and seems to teach for awards not her students. She also needs the occasional breath mint.

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The Good Doctor is excellent. Although scary at times (Perky Penny!) she's probably one of the teachers that prepares students the best.

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Dr. Ferguson prepared me for college. She is by far the best teacher I have EVER had!!!

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Has definate favorites. Not bad not good.

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I don't know why people complain about her so much, just don't slack and you'll do fine. The work isn't hard, there's just a lot of it. Become a mindless zombie

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the Ferginator is awesome! it's not an easy class but she's really nice.

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