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Meet: Jaime Fontanazza, Friends Board

CBMM_Fontanazza_Jaime_2017(St. Michaels, Md. – November 27, 2017) Originally from Tilton, N.H., Jaime Fontanazza first connected to the Chesapeake Bay during college, while living in Annapolis for a summer. Ten years later, Jaime and her husband moved to Annapolis from Newport, R.I. with their family, often traveling to the Eastern Shore to enjoy hiking and exploring its charming towns and picturesque rivers. After Jaime accepted a teaching position at The Country School in 2009, the family made Easton their home.

Now, their children enjoy sailing on the Miles River, partake in camps on the rivers and Chesapeake Bay, and explore the local beaches searching for sea glass.

“We had heard CBMM was the place to be for OysterFest,” commented Jaime about her introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. “Our family attended OysterFest when we first came to Easton, and we’ve been huge fans of CBMM ever since.”

Jaime teaches third grade at The Country School, as part of a 17-year career in education. She earned a B.A. in early childhood education from Hood College in Frederick, Md., before earning a Master’s in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.

In addition to serving on CBMM’s Friends Board, Jaime serves on the boards of the Miles River Yacht Club, and Talbot Lacrosse League. At The Country School, she coaches lacrosse and field hockey. She is also actively involved with Christ Church Easton, and volunteered with the Junior League of Annapolis for many years, serving in numerous leadership and committee roles.

Jaime joined the Friends Board in 2016, and hopes while serving on the Board to further understand and share what is going on at CBMM with the larger community— particularly the local private school community.

CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

During her time on the Board, Jaime would like to see more students from throughout the state involved in CBMM’s educational school programs, and more local students involved in the Rising Tide after-school boatbuilding program.

“From student field trips to Rising Tide,” commented Jaime, “These are the best ways to reach our young audiences and educate them on the history, importance, and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay.

“Preservation of the past—including ships and supporting visiting ships—plays a huge role in understanding the history of the Chesapeake Bay for all ages,” said Jaime. “The ability for CBMM to attract additional support through grants and fundraising provides these opportunities to more of our students.

“CBMM has so much to offer to everyone,” continued Jaime. “As a family, we enjoy the well-organized community events. As an educator and parent, I appreciate the school programs such as Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Immersive Tour and classroom resources–educating children to be stewards of our amazing part of the world. And, as an art and nature lover, I take a special interest in the exhibits at CBMM and learning about the history of the Chesapeake Bay.”

We thank Jaime for her time and dedication to CBMM!