Ellsworth High School

William Ferm Jr. » Biography


In 2012, I received my B.S. in Physics and minor in Mathematics from the University of Maine at Orono. After working as an educational technician at a k-8 school as “Mr. Bill,” I began graduate studies at UMaine, receiving a Masters of Science in Teaching degree with a concentration in physical sciences in May 2017. My thesis research was associated with determining the ability of undergraduate students to follow the kind of reasoning often used to teach introductory physics.


I have been very fortunate in my academic career to have gained hands on experience through a series of research internships. During my undergraduate and graduate tenure, I have worked at a NASA center, Lehigh University, and the Jackson Laboratory.


I thoroughly enjoy learning and am often guilty of taking things apart to figure out how they work. Additionally, I love to garden.


In the classroom, I encourage students to share their ideas with each other and work together in order to make discoveries. As a teacher, I see myself as a facilitator of knowledge, serving to guide discussions and present activities that lead students to a deeper understanding of Science content.


This year I will be a member of the Freshman Academy Team, teaching 9th grade Physical Science and 9th Honors Physical Science. I will also be teaching Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, and Bridge Physics.