Elaine Hampton teaches science to the sixth grade students of Zia Middle School in Las Cruces. Having developed the sixth grade science curriculum for this school, Ms. Hampton inspires her students to reach their greatest potential and become contributing members of society. "I want to teach each student that his or her life is valuable and worthwhile," she says. "What one individual does can directly improve the lives of others." Ms. Hampton created the Girls Tech Program aimed at encouraging minority students to pursue careers in science. Since 1989, Ms. Hampton has been a member of the development team for S.W.O.O.P.E.-Students Watching Over Our Planet Earth-a research lab sponsored in part by the Department of Energy and New Mexico State University. She also serves as an educational representative to the Las Cruces Nature Park and Educational Center which will feature presentations on the desert environment and wildlife.
1974 New Mexico State University, M.A.