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Young teacher giving back to his school by living his faith

2013-04-19T00:00:00Z Young teacher giving back to his school by living his faithBy Kimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Steven Ferguson, 24, is relishing his new teaching position at Luther East High School in Lansing.

A 2006 Luther East graduate, Ferguson studied Social Studies Secondary Education at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“I decided to become a teacher because I loved helping people learn new things, whether it was helping my classmates out in high school, or teaching new skills to incoming kids in the Boy Scouts,” he said.

“I grew quite a bit from my time at Luther East as a student, and jumped at the opportunity to give back to the school that really taught me the meaning of leadership.”

A Dyer resident, Ferguson took the job in 2011 after student teaching at the school and now instructs four grades in geography, theology, civics, anthropology and world history.

“I learned as a student teacher that everyone is an individual and learns differently, but everyone deserves the chance to learn,” Ferguson said.

“You can be the sweetest peach in the world, but there’s always going to be someone out there who doesn’t like peaches,” he joked.

A student council advisor at the school, Ferguson also coaches co-ed soccer and girls’ soccer in addition to girls’ basketball.

He also has been instrumental in leading his students to complete acts of service around the school, including painting projects, cleaning days and improvements at a nearby forest preserve.

“I absolutely love helping students grow their talents into something they can be proud of, and showing them what they can accomplish in their lives through hard work and dedication,” he said.

“I fully adopt the Biblical idea that we, as Christians, must be the shining example to the world.”

“It’s great if you can explain your faith, but others will never be what they don’t see, so that’s why I try and live my faith in everything I do,” he added.

Ferguson is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansing, and serves on the Board of Christian Education for Trinity Lutheran School.

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