Elaine M. Hampton, Ph.D., was recognized for her long-term, sustained support and service to the field of environmental education with the 2014 Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Award. She was a part of EEANM from the beginning, serving as board president in the late nineties. She recently returned to serve as a board member and as secretary.
“Although Elaine has just finished her latest term on our board, I know her service to environmental education in New Mexico is far from over,” said Barbara Garrity, Executive Director. “She has provided great leadership and insights into how EEANM can better serve classroom teachers and increase EE in schools. With environmental literacy planning ahead, we’ll be seeing her again soon.”
Dr. Hampton has a long career as an educator and researcher with experiences on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border: researching education in factory communities in Mexico; Associate Professor and Department Chair at University of Texas at El Paso; middle school science teacher in Las Cruces; environmental education coordinator for the waste management education program at NMSU; author; program evaluator; owner of STEM Education Associates; and a short stint teaching sixth graders in an abandoned school bus on the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez. She is on the boards for Southwest Environmental Center and Weaving for Justice–and is a hobby beekeeper.
This article was originally published in EE Connections for Winter 2014 [PDF].