Fer­ris joins mar­itime mu­seum staff

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ST. MICHAELS — Jil­lian Fer­ris of Stevensville has joined the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum as School and Fam­ily Pro­grams Man­ager.

Fer­ris is re­spon­si­ble for ex­pand­ing CBMM’s school pro­gram­ming, by de­vel­op­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ships with teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors in Mary­land pub­lic and pri­vate schools, ad­min­is­ter­ing CBMM’s new bus schol­ar­ship initiative and im­ple­ment­ing CBMM ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams for teach­ers, stu­dents and fam­i­lies.

“In or­der to achieve our goal of dou­bling our school pro­grams, we needed to ex­pand our ca­pac­ity,” said CBMM Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion and As­so­ci­ate Cu­ra­tor Kate Livie. “We’re thrilled to wel­come Jill to our ed­u­ca­tion team. She’s a gifted teacher, and her ex­per­tise in ed­u­ca­tion and pas­sion for the Ch­e­sa­peake will sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to CBMM’s ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives as we work to in­spire fu­ture Ch­e­sa­peake ste­wards in our stu­dent and fam­ily au­di­ences.”

Fer­ris be­gan work­ing with CBMM in 2010 as a stu­dent in­tern, and later as an ed­u­ca­tion con­sul­tant sup­port­ing school-based, ex­hi­bi­tion pro­gram­ming. Fer­ris was most re­cently an eighth-grade teacher with Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools, where she re­ceived the 2015 Outstanding Teacher Tech­nol­ogy Award and the 2014 Mary­land His­tory Day District Teacher Award. She was se­lected as a Mas­ter Teacher with Mary­land State De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion from 20142015, where she in­structed teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­quiry learn­ing in the so­cial stud­ies class­room.

Fer­ris holds a mas­ter’s de­gree in his­tory mu­seum stud­ies from the Coop­er­stown Grad­u­ate Pro­gram, a part­ner­ship be­tween the State Univer­sity of New York at Oneonta and New York State His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. She grad­u­ated Magna Cum Laude, with dis­tinc­tion in the lib­eral arts core cur­ricu­lum from Col­gate Univer­sity in Hamil­ton, N.Y., where she earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree and His­tory and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Teacher Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Fer­ris re­ceived Col­gate Univer­sity’s Award for Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing in 2008, and was awarded a Ful­bright Fel­low­ship for Taiwan from 2008-2009.

Fer­ris first be­came con­nected to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay as an in­tern at CBMM and now par­tic­i­pates in the Ch­e­sa­peake’s an­nual sailing log ca­noe races aboard CBMM’s Ed­mee S. as main­sheet ten­der, among other ad­ven­tures.

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Jil­lian Fer­ris of Stevensville re­cently joined Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum as School and Fam­ily Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor in sup­port of the non-profit mu­seum’s ef­fort to dou­ble the num­ber of stu­dents and fam­i­lies served in the com­ing years.

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