Museum educator receives state recognition

Christine Jewell, working with a camper at the Fairfield Museum

Christine Jewell, working with a camper at the Fairfield Museum

Christine Jewell, director of Education and Community Programs at the Fairfield Museum & History Center, was awarded the Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies award from the Connecticut Council for Social Studies. Jewell, who has been an educator and program coordinator at the Museum for more than nine years, received the award at the CT Council for Social Studies Annual Spring Dinner in May at the Noah Webster House in West Hartford.

The recipient of this prestigious award must be supportive of Social Studies, have furthered the interests of social studies teaching and/or social studies interests in Connecticut, exhibit conscientious interest and involvement and be a non-teaching professional, dedicated to the promotion of Social Studies education. The event included an 18th century-style dinner and the opportunity to explore the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society.

Jewell, a graduate of Purchase College of Art and Design, is dedicated to developing programs at the Museum in the areas of art, education, history and culture. She also presents workshops and professional development seminars for educators using the Museum’s exhibits, collections and resources.

Fairfield Museum Executive Director, Mike Jehle, said that this important recognition was well deserved. “For nearly a decade, Christine has been at the forefront in building the Fairfield Museum’s award winning programs for students, adults and seniors.  She’s a tremendous leader and asset for the Fairfield Museum and the Town of Fairfield.”

The CCSS is organized and maintained to advocate and advance the study and teaching of the social studies in the schools, colleges and other educational institutions of the state of Connecticut.

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