Ferris joins maritime museum staff
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.
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.