Dawn Hammon taught at several public schools in Indianapolis, most recently at Cold Spring Environmental Magnet School, before she joined the Center for Inquiry in 2014. She uses PLT activities to spark interest in the environment in young urban students through outdoor and classroom projects. Her students have started school gardens and composting projects, as well as planting native vegetation to contain surface runoff from a parking lot.
She works with community groups to organize outdoor science days for the entire school and develops programs to involve parents in learning about environmental topics with their children. Within weeks of starting her new position, she created a Junior Naturalist Club for students in kindergarten through Grade 2.
In addition to her classroom duties, Dawn is the lead science trainer to kindergarten teachers in the Indianapolis Public School System. Dawn received the 2015 Barbara Pitman Outstanding Educator Award recipient for her application of and enthusiasm for children’s literature within the field of environmental education.
“Dawn spends evenings, weekends, and summers helping other teachers become comfortable with science and how to bring the environment into their classrooms.”
– Amy Hach, Teacher, Cold Spring Environmental Magnet School, Indianapolis, Indiana
Dawn was named National PLT Outstanding Educator in 2015.