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Fox Chapel Area teacher inducted into Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame

Tawnya Panizzi
Kerr Elementary teacher Carrie Ferguson was inducted into the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame.

Kerr Elementary teacher Carrie Ferguson hopes to use her induction in the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame as platform to motivate her students.

The basketball standout said the achievement should serve to motivate youngsters to maintain a balance between athletics and academics.

“It brings great pride as it serves as an avenue to share my own passion as a scholar-athlete and instill positive character traits in my son, Zachary,” Ferguson said.

She was among five former athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame during an April 6 ceremony at the Pitt-Johnstown Wellness Center.

Founded in 2007, the Athletics Hall of Fame is meant to honor prestigious groups of athletes and coaches, and their champion spirits, organizers said.

The inductees merit distinction for their accomplishments and leadership in athletics, according to a statement from the university.

Since its inception, 57 people have made the cut.

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar spoke at the celebration, along with Athletic Director Pat Pecora.

Ferguson played for the Lady Cats from 1987-1991.

A graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, she had only spotty playing time as a Pitt freshman but began to make a name for herself – she set the existing Pitt-Johnstown single-season record for rebounds with 294.

Ferguson was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams, including the team that won a regional title in 1987-88, and was named in 1990-91 as a Kodak All-American Honorable Mention.

She received other basketball accolades during her time with the team and, among other things, ranks 13th on the Lady Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,344 career points and is second all-time on the Lady Cat Rebounding List.

Ferguson graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics/Management. She earned her Elementary Teaching Certificate from Saint Vincent College and has worked since at the Fox Chapel Area School District.

She spent 15 years as a first-grade teacher, seven years as a Gifted Support Teacher and currently serves as a RtII Facilitator.

Ferguson earned her Master’s in Education Degree in Administration and Policy Studies, a Supervisor of Curriculum Certificate and a Principal K-12 Certificate, all from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ferguson said spending more than 20 years in education, she sees the value of aspiring to reach heights as a scholar-athlete.

“My hope is that achieving this recognition will serve as a platform to further motivate and encourage my son and my students to mirror some of these qualities and attain greatness in their future endeavors,” she said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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