Sherwood Teacher Receives National Science Teacher Award

photo: celia hampton

A Pendleton School District teacher, Celia Hampton, has received the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) for the state of Oregon.

The Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award is for a teacher who has put forth exceptional effort and achieved exemplary success teaching Earth sciences in elementary or secondary schools. The award comes with an award plaque, membership in the NAGT and Geological Society of America, as well as several publications directed at Earth science educators.

Hampton currently teaches fourth grade at Sherwood Elementary School and has been in the district for 27 years. Her classroom is full of rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils. Hampton teaches the geology of the Pacific Northwest, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the Cascade Range volcanoes and much more. “Through hands-on science experiments and STEM activities, I hope to continue to foster students’ love of science,” Hampton said.

“This is great news for Celia, it is always gratifying to be recognized by one’s peers,” said Chris Fritsch, district superintendent.

According to a press release, the NAGT “congratulates Ms. Hampton and thanks the Pendleton School District for providing an environment in which your teachers can flourish, follow their interests and develop expertise in the vital study of Earth sciences.”

NAGT is a national organization that promotes and disseminates best practices in Earth science education. Annual meetings allow teachers to network, share best practices and learn directly from practicing geoscientists who lead field trips and share information. For more information, visit

Release Date