Dean of Students/Art Instructor
MA Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations - Moore College of Art & Design
BA Photography and Anthropology - Bloomsburg University
PAEA 2017 Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Award for Non-public Schools
“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, kind person that you are”- Mandy Hale.
Lisa Marie Ferry has served the MMI community as a member of the faculty for over 11 years. Since 2017, Mrs. Ferry has served as a Dean and was recently named Dean of Students taking on the responsibilities of student discipline, dress code, and general student behavior and activities. She currently teaches art and anthropology across grade levels.
“I believe that students can learn critical, creative and bold thinking skills while learning responsibility and accountability. This in combination with respect for their peers, teachers, and themselves develops character, which creates awesome adults and leaders. These skills are learned in both our academic classrooms and in art classes. MMI is an excellent school where students can be exposed to all aspects of art and learn how they can incorporate art into their daily lives and future careers giving our students an edge”.
Additional recent experience includes facilitator and speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, presenter at King’s College at the STR2E2AM Evidence-Based Practices conference, and a presenter at the past three annual conferences for PAEA, presenter at the annual PAIS conference. She was on a consulting team for Special Education at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. She has also been part of two painting shows and one photography show at the Hazleton Art League and is involved with the annual Art Youth Expo encouraging MMI students to participate; many have won awards. Mrs. Ferry was selected twice in a juried art show for the Northeastern Biennial Art Competition. Mrs. Ferry is a member of numerous organizations from art and education to special needs.
“My personal interests include painting, photography, sewing (including making my own clothes), yoga, gardening, training my dog, Picasso, to be a therapy dog, and watching my son race quarter midgets and micros. I also volunteer at Lehigh Valley Quarter Midget Racing club as a flagger and pit steward.” Her three eldest children are MMI graduates.
A graduate of the one-of-a-kind Moore College of Art and Design Masters in Art Education program with an Emphasis in Special Populations in 2016, Mrs. Ferry’s research entitled: Turning Anxiety into Creativity: Using Postmodern Principles to Alleviate Anxiety and Stress in the Art Curriculum and Beyond is published and she is honored to have been part of the program.