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Stephanie Ferguson, PhD
Executive Director of Early College
After earning her bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ferguson (formerly Nugent) began teaching middle and high school reading and English, both in Pennsylvania and in Louisiana. Six years into her teaching career, she found a position working with gifted children grades 6–8 and got her first glimpse of Mary Baldwin’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. Dr. Ferguson was working on her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Southeastern Louisiana University at the time, and she investigated PEG while she focused on gifted studies as a concentration for her degree. She completed her doctorate — with a concentration in gifted studies — at The University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation on moral development and self-concept among gifted residential high school students explored many of the elements present in MBC’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. She has done extensive research on social and emotional issues of gifted students, about which she has published a book, Social and Emotional Teaching Strategies, a textbook chapter, “Affective Education: Addressing the Social and Emotional needs of Gifted Students in the Classroom,” and several journal and newsletter articles. In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining her three cats, Neko, Joss, and Jain, writing (both for work and pleasure), reading, needlework, and riding motorcycles with her husband, Bruce.
Associate Director of Early College Student Life
Christy Baker graduated from James Madison University with a BA in speech communication and minors in Spanish and English. She began working with PEG in 2000 as a Residence Life Coordinator, transitioning to Director of PEG Student Life in 2008. Christy is a member of the Administrative Processes Improvement Team at Mary Baldwin College. She also represents PEG and MBC on the Boarding Schools Social Activities Committee. One of Christy’s favorite aspects of working with PEG is collaborating with students and staff to create a varied and exciting activities calendar each month. In her spare time, Christy enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her husband, Mike, and their two children.
Associate Director of Admissions
Margaret Bivans is a proud graduate of Mary Baldwin College where she received a BS in Biology. Originally from Rockville, MD she decided to stay in Staunton after graduation because she fell in love with the Shenandoah Valley. She began working for the college in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in September 2010. When an opportunity opened to work with the Early College programs, Margaret was eager to get to know the families interested in the program and joined the staff soon after. She loves working through the admissions process with Early College students and hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in higher education administration. In her spare time, Margaret helps to run a restaurant with her boyfriend in Waynesboro, VA.
PEG Residence Life Staff
Stephanie Cabacoy was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA; it was not until she came to Mary Baldwin College in 2009 did she experience the beautiful hills of Staunton. Last May, as the Senior Class President, Stephanie graduated with a BA in British History and a minor in Studio Art. This fall she intends to continue on her education as a Post- Bachelor student, completing her second major in Political Science. Like her class theme, “Hearts on Fire”, MBC sparked her passion for taking on Student Leadership roles such as Spencer Hall Senator, Judicial Board Representative, Inter Club Council Treasurer, as well as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Weekend of Welcome and President’s Society. These roles fueled her enthusiasm to become a big sister and a peer mentor to her PEG residents and encourage them to continue to carry their torch to their bright future. Stephanie hopes to ignite the same fire in her heart in others as her “big sister” did for her, her first year.
My name is Rikki Campbell, and I am originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Penn State Harrisburg in the spring of 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education/English. My position in the PEG building will be concurrent with an internship at the American Shakespeare Center, so I will be able to indulge my dual passions of English and Education. In my free time, I enjoy many creative pursuits like painting, scrapbooking, playing guitar, and writing, as well as activities like backpacking and volleyball. I have also taken an interest in clean eating and healthy lifestyle management. One of my favorite holdovers from a brief grain-free stint is a recipe for chocolate black bean cupcakes that never ceases to amaze the friends and family brave enough to sample it.
In a nutshell, my philosophy of education is to maintain passion and enthusiasm for both studies and work. Achieving goals through meaningful experiences and deep connections is essential to personal and professional fulfillment. I am constantly finding new opportunities and challenging myself physically and intellectually, so I look forward to growing and learning with all of the PEG students! “A good meal, like a poem or life, has a certain balance and diversity, a certain coherence and fit. As one learns to cope in the kitchen, one no longer duplicates whole meals but rather manipulates components and the way they are put together.” –Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing A Life
Mariah Jezek is from Tappahannock, Virginia and has been a student at Mary Baldwin College since 2010. She has completed her Bachelor’s in Social Work and will begin in the fall of 2013 working towards a Master’s degree in Teaching, endorsed in Special Education as well as Elementary Education. Working with individuals as a mentor, advocate, and educator has always been Mariah’s passion. Mariah wishes to further her education after graduation in 2014 in the area of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has the desire to become a nutrition educator in the area of Diabetes. “It has always been second nature for me to care for another person. It is important for me to have a career in which I love, but also one that can make a difference in the life of another person” (Mariah Jezek). Mariah is excited to join the PEG staff this year and is looking forward to learning from each and every one of the PEG students!
Sharmeka Williams is a senior graduating May 2012 at Mary Baldwin College. She will be completing her education with a Major in English and double minors in Education and Leadership Studies. Also, she will be graduating from the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership Program at MBC. During her time at Mary Baldwin she has committed herself to VWIL, as well as other positions such as Senate and Student Advocate in the Mary Baldwin community. Sharmeka is actively pursuing the fifth year Master’s in Teaching program offered by MBC and is eager to graduate with her Master’s in 2013.
Once school is complete, she will be committing herself to working with children, something that she has always found pleasure in doing. She often expresses her passion, “I have always wanted to teach. I view teaching and education as a way to positively affect children all over the world, and if I can change a life with that avenue, my purpose has been fulfilled. My inspiration comes from wholeheartedly believing that this is what I was born to do. My role as an educator, mentor, and trusted advisor will provide an outstanding environment for all students that will learn under my instruction” (Sharmeka Williams). She is definitely looking forward to building connections and working with all of the PEG students this year!
Lisa Wilson is a student in the Adult Degree Program from Mary Baldwin’s Roanoke campus. Lisa was born in New Jersey and relocated to Virginia as a teenager. She started her academic career at the community college level while working full time at a law firm. In the Fall of 2012, she decided to transfer Mary Baldwin’s main campus in Staunton to continue her studies. Taking the position as a residence advisor in the PEG dorm afforded her the opportunity to be apart of the campus community in greater measure. Lisa is majoring in Marketing Communications with a minor in African American History. Her heart is to serve the students of PEG through encouraging them to focus and stay the course for the betterment of their very bright futures. To the PEG students, she offers the following quote from Robert Kiyosaki: “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”