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Thad Ferguson

IT Technical Support Team Lead
Gallaudet Technology Services / Projects and Development Services

Gallaudet Life

Thanks to my wife, JoJo, my family moved to Washington, D.C. at the last minute in 2002. She finished her BA degree in Psychology at Gallaudet in 2005. My son, Ando, went to KDES and then graduated from MSSD in 2008. He finished his BA degree in Sociology at Gallaudet in 2018. I was a sub teacher at KDES and MSSD from 2004 to 2006. I coached for MSSD Football from 2002 to 2006 and MSSD Wrestling from 2003 to 2019. I started and coached Bison Wrestling Club from 2008 to 2012.

I was contractor for a year in 2006 for ITS (now GTS) as Apple technician and programmer. I developed back-end portals and automated applications such as accounts management for Data Center team. I was offered a full time job in January 2007. I accepted the offer and never regretted it. I am currently IT Technical Support Team Lead working for Projects Team and Development Services under Gallaudet Technology Services Department.

Personal Life

Born in 1967 and raised in Texas then moved to Arizona in 1977. Self-taught in computer technology, programming, and electronics since 1979. I met and dated my soulmate in high school. We graduated together in 1986 and got married in 1988. We have two sons but our second son, at 8 months old, died from SIDS. I graduated with Visual Arts degree at Oklahoma City Community College in 1994.

I was a structural ironworker during day and coder at night for over 15 years before moving to D.C. I also worked with computer aided design (CAD) and custom built a 3,400 sq. ft. home in Oklahoma.

I live in Cheverly, Maryland with my wife, sister-in-law and her three small girls, a dog and three cats. I battled with blood cancer in 2012 and am still in remission. Ando is currently living in San Diego, California, where he  is employed at Deaf Community Services of San Diego. He works closely with children and families as part of the Youth & Family Services department of DCS.

Hobbies

Visual Arts
Motorcycling
Model railroading
Woodworking

Favorite Quote

"If you’re too busy to workout, your priorities need to change. I can’t think of too many things more important than your health."
- Rolsey

I lead application/web service development team on a day to day basis covering whole spectrum of Internet-related applications, web services, and oversees the design, development, integration, deployment/production support and other technical aspects of the development and/or modification of the applications/web services.

This role works with Director, Enterprise Information Systems, IT Projects Director, Designers, Analysts, Programmers, System Analysts, Network Administrators, and Testers to ensure development requirements are fully documented, agreed upon and delivered per applications/web services development life cycle standards.

My team also train Web authors and maintain the Content Management System (CMS) and Intranet.

Favorite Quote

"When life gets complicated... I ride motorcycle."
- Unknown

Sports

I coached high school student-athletes at Model Secondary School for the Deaf from 2002 to 2019. I teach them how to grow and excel, both on the mat and off the mat, in academics, sportsmanship, health & fitness, wrestling techniques, and more.

Jobs

In 2001 and 2002, I taught and trained two 40-person groups from Kuwait and India for six months each on how to read blueprints, assemble oil refinery duct works, pipe fitting and welding, and operate shop equipment includes 50-100 tons cranes and load/unload on railroad flat cars.

In late 1990's, I taught courses in Web design and programming at some private start-up Internet companies.

In late 1980's and early 1990's, I taught and trained traditional drafters at engineering companies on how to work with Autodesk AutoCAD and electronic drafting equipment.

Favorite Quote

"You cannot change what you are, only what you do."
- Philip Pullman

2015 (Winter): Presenter for Web Community Forum at Gallaudet
2015 (Spring): Presenter for Web Community Forum at Gallaudet
2014 (Fall): Presenter for Web Community Forum at Gallaudet
2014 (Summer): Served on the Task Force to develop recommendations to re-envision GTS Tier 2/3 operations
2013: Deaflympics Team USA Head Wrestling Coach (Sofia 2013)
2009: Deaflympics Team USA Head Wrestling Coach (Taipei 2009)
2008-2012: Head Coach for Bison Wrestling Club at Gallaudet
2003-2018: MSSD Head Wrestling Coach
2002-2006: MSSD Special Team Football Coach
1998: TSD Elementary School COED Soccer Coach
1993-94: President of Art Guild at Oklahoma City Community College

Favorite Quote

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
- Mark Twain

• GTS Employee of the Month for July (Gallaudet, 2018)
• 10 Years of Dedicated Service (Gallaudet, 2017)
• Site of the Year - Extraordinary Community (GTS Projects Team) (Ingeniux, 2016)
• 5 Years of Dedicated Service (Gallaudet, 2012)
• Wrestling Coach of the Year (NDIAA, 2012)
• "You" in The Buff and Blue (Student Newspaper of Gallaudet, 2010)
• Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges (Oklahoma City Community College, 1993)
• Published Artwork for Absolute Book (Oklahoma City Community College, 1992)
• Honor Award in Visual Art (Oklahoma City Community College, 1992)
• Achievement & Recognition Awards - Fine Art (Sahuaro High School, 1985)

Favorite Quote

"Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories."
- Arthur C. Clarke

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Gallaudet

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Washington, DC 20002