Tom Ackerman

Director of Teacher Training

Tom Ackerman - 2014Tenure at CBF: 2004-present

Education: George Washington University, BA Biology and BS Environmental Science; George Washington University, MEd

Tom has shared his passion for education and the environment with teachers and principals as the director of CBF's professional learning programs since 2004. 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 the Maryland NCLI Coalition. Tom also serves on the Governor's Children In Nature Partnership steering committee, the Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup, and as a MAEOE board member.

Prior to joining CBF, Tom was a middle and high school teacher in Harford County and earned bachelor's degrees in Biology and Environmental Science and a master's degree in Education from the George Washington University. Tom lives in Severna Park, Maryland with his wife and three sons, although Baltimore will always be his home. He enjoys kayaking, camping, travelling, and any other good excuses to spend time with his family and friends.

Prior Experience:

  • Teacher-Edgewood Middle School and Joppatowne High School, 1997-2004
  • Teacher/Member of JHU's Center for Technology in Education
  • Former participant in CBF student field programs, teacher training, and restoration projects
  • Improvisational Comedian (various)

Favorite Quote: "If children do not dip their toes in the waters of unsupervised social activity, they likely will never be able to swim in the sea of civic responsibility." ~Lowell Monke

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