Ann Hempelmann — Educator, California Program Manager
As the CELF California Program Manager and Educator, Ann works with teachers and administrators to incorporate sustainability principles into their schools’ curriculum and school cultures; provides professional development programs; and supports CELF’S expanding presence in California.
Before joining CELF, Ann worked with Western Washington University’s Facing the Future program as lead author of their sustainability text and activity guide series, Big World, Small Planet. The series provides high school students with a semester’s worth of sustainability principles, thinking strategies, real-world activities and nature connection reflections.
Ann served as President and Chair of the Board of The Farm School, an independent elementary school. Previously, she worked for Southern California Gas Company as the Air Quality Program Manager, helping major businesses reduce their air emissions and conserve energy. With over twenty-five years of experience in the environmental and education fields, Ann has conducted dozens of training workshops for teachers, school boards, and other professional audiences. Ann is also a Certified Permaculture Designer.
Ann has a Masters of Education in Educating for Sustainability from Antioch University, NewEngland and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.