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KBTC recognizes Puyallup School District teacher as a leader in the Western Washington early education community.

KBTC recently announced Amy Reed-Ferguson, an educator at Puyallup School District’s Pope Elementary School, has been chosen as a PBS KIDS Early Learning Champion.

The national award, established in 2018, recognizes and celebrates passionate educators who work with young children from infants to second graders, and offers professional learning and networking opportunities provided by PBS KIDS and KBTC, a service of Bates Technical College.

Amy Reed-Ferguson was selected for her deep experience with tools and resources available from PBS KIDS through the station and her creative approach to applying them in the classroom.

This year’s honorees were chosen for their passion and devotion to early education, strengthening the ecosystem in which children learn and innovating the teaching experience as we know it. Through the Early Learning Champions program, PBS KIDS aims to create a unique environment that includes professional learning and networking opportunities for educators, while fostering relationships between them and their local PBS stations like KBTC.

For the full press release, please click HERE

The 2021 PBS KIDS Early Learning Champions and their local PBS stations include:

  • Celena Ambrose, Holbrook Headstart, Holbrook, AZ (Arizona PBS)

  • Jamisa Nuness-Hogan, Kids World, Conway, AR (Arkansas PBS)

  • Leah Moore, Play Big Therapy, Tallahassee, FL (WFSU)

  • Alison McClain, Harper-Archer Elementary School, Atlanta, GA (Georgia PBS)

  • Sarah Snider, Montana Science Center, Bozeman, MT (Montana PBS)

  • Arbely Mejia, Daniel B. Brunton School, Springfield, MA (NEPM)

  • Jennelle Lewis, Partnership for Children of Lenoir & Greene Counties, Kinston, NC (PBS North Carolina)

  • CJ Meehan, Davies Career & Tech (a division of the YMCA of Pawtucket), Pawtucket, RI (Rhode Island PBS)

  • Charisse Sims, Hidden Gems Preschool, Los Angeles, CA (PBS SoCal)

  • Amy Reed-Ferguson, Pope Elementary, Puyallup, WA (KBTC)

  • Tiffany Harkleroad, Butler Area Public Library, Butler, PA (WQED)

Click here to learn more about Amy Reed-Ferguson and the Early Learning Championship program.  


"Mrs. Reed-Ferguson was the best! In the time of the pandemic and virtual learning, it was interesting to actually see how she engaged with the students. She always had some exciting and useful PBS lessons to share with the class which made the kids love learning even more. We honestly felt very lucky have been part of her class."

-Wendee Villaverde - Parent

"My family and I have much to say about this stellar educator, who impacted so many beginning learners in such a challenging period of local, national, and global life. Particularly, my grandson Ezekiel received just what he needed day-after-day in the digital learning environment, supported by email and other communications. It was, by all our measures, a joyous and successful semester for him."  

-Bobbie Simpson - Grandparent

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