Godby Principal Battles Cancer, Students Rally Behind Her

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

Godby Principal Jean Ferguson was at Godby Monday morning welcoming students like she always does.

This year will have a different feel to it. Principal Ferguson was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cell cancer, back in July.

While she is stepping down as principal, she is going to help out in other ways. She said she will always be the Godby Cougars' #1 cheerleader.

Word that Principal Jean Ferguson has cancer spread quickly, even though it was summertime. Notes and pictures with messages poured into her office.

Jean Ferguson said, "It's just so heartening to see how much they truly care, and that's what I love about them.They do have huge hearts."

Students are rallying around her as she undergoes dialysis and chemo at the same time. The students say she is always their "cheerleader" with her pom pom in hand.

Diontaye Williams is a Junior at Godby. He said, "I will probably miss her smile, she was always jolly. She was nice."

"She's always smiling and you would never guess that anything is wrong,"said Senior, Kourtney Kilpatrick.

But she isn't going to be leaving her Cougars completely. Principal Ferguson will be involved in the School Improvement Grant.

Ferguson said, "I can't wait to get in those classrooms and watch the coordination between the students and the teachers because that is where the real synergy is in schools. So I'm getting to spend more time in the classroom, and I'm really excited about that."

Kourney Kilpatrick said Ferguson has always supported him, especially in the school plays.

He said, "I'm really hoping she gets better because this school is not going to be the same without her. So I'm hoping she progresses and she'll be in my prayers. I hope she's in everyone else's prayers, and I just hope it gets better," said Kilpatrick.

The whole school is rallying around Principal Ferguson. We will be checking in on her as she continues her fight.


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  • by Kathy Location: SC on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:08 PM
    We're so proud of Jean. She maintains a positive attitude in spite of all the Chemo and Dyalisis she is undergoing. She is to be commended for her continued faithfulness to the school, teachers and students. It's great to see a school stand behind their principal and rally for around her. Prayers will continue for her, the family and the school. May God continue to Bless her during this difficult time.
  • by Barbara Location: Tallahassee on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Mrs. Ferguson is (by far) the most amazing administrator in all 12 years my daughter was in the Leon County School System. I've told her time and time again how awesome she is - and I absoutely hate that this is hanging over her head. Mrs. Ferguson - know that Zach and Donna are both praying right along with me - they miss you. I'm so thankful you were there for them for their four years with you. You've truely left them better people for having known you. Hang in there - we love you!
  • by GHS Grad 2010 Location: Tally on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM
    Fergi Ferg: You are in our thoughts and prayers, during this difficult time. You have the entire Cougar Nation cheering you on as you battle this horrible disease. You can beat it Fergi. Love #60 Chug and Family
  • by M Location: Tallahassee on Aug 22, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    This is our second year at Godby and Mrs. Ferguson is a top notch administrator. I have always been impressed with her energy and how she shows the kids that she loves them. I pray for her healing but mostly for God's will in her life.
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