Tom Ackerman

Vice President of Education

Tom Ackerman - 2014Tenure at CBF: 2004-present

Tom leads an award-winning environmental education program that is one of the largest and most accomplished in the country. Spanning the majority of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the CBF education program engages over 30,000 students every year in meaningful, hands-on, environmental issues investigations. The program magnifies these powerful student field experiences by working to train teachers and administrators, fostering student leadership, and supporting school system and state partners with innovative curriculum development.

Prior to becoming the Vice President for Education in 2015, Tom coordinated professional learning as the Director of Teacher Training for the Foundation for ten years after serving as a middle and high school teacher in Harford County. In 2012, he helped found and continues to co-direct the Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership, a collaborative of partners around the state that supports systemic environmental literacy. Tom has been an advocate for environmental education for over a decade, helping to found and coordinate the national No Child Left Inside Coalition, and state coalitions in Maryland and Virginia. Tom also serves on the Governor's Children In Nature Partnership, the Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup, and as a past board member of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

Tom earned bachelor's degrees in Biology and Environmental Science and a master's degree in Education from the George Washington University. He currently lives in Severna Park, Maryland with his wife and three sons. He enjoys kayaking, camping, traveling, and any other good excuses to spend time with his family and friends and to share his passion for the outdoors.

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