Dr. Ellen Hamilton-Ford came to Campbellsville University in the fall of 2011 from Archdioceses of Louisville School System,where she served as an educator for twenty-one years. She is the former Assistant Principal for St. James Elementary School in Elizabethtown — recognized as a U.S. Blue Ribbon School(2012). Before that, she was a teacher in primary level self-contained classrooms and several multi-grade classrooms. Additionally, she taught drama, music, art, and theology.
Dr. Hamilton-Ford’s research area is young children’s connection with nature and teaching young children positive social-emotional skills. She consults with local schools and presents on the topics at education conferences. Additionally, she has co-authored, reviewed, or edited publications with educational publisher IGI Global in the domains of children’s connection with nature and young children’s use of technology.Her most recent work was a collaborative effort with Dr. Jeffery Herron in 2020 (Connecting STEM Rich Learning Environments with Environmental Education).
Degrees/Certifications: Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Spalding University (2017), Second Steps Trainer (2011), Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership and School Administration, Bellarmine University (2007), Planned Fifth Year in Elementary Education, Western Kentucky University (1998), and Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (Grades K-4, 5th- 6th self-contained) with emphasis in English and Communications, Campbellsville University (1989)
Recent Articles Published:
The impact of harmony’s principle of interdependence on the attainment of ecological values in 9- to-11year-old students[Doctoral dissertation, Spalding University]. (2018).ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. (author, peer reviewed).
Connecting STEM Rich Learning Environments with Environmental Education. (2020). In Huertas-Abril, C., & Gómez-Parra, M. E. (Ed.), International Perspectives on Modern Developments in Early Childhood Education (pp. 213-232). (contributing author, peer reviewed)
Recent Presentations: Improving Program Quality through Mindfulness (July 29-31, 2020), Nature Start Virtual Conference 2020
Montessori: An Inclusive Learning Environment (January 19, 2019), Christian Montessori Fellowship (CMF) International Conference in San Antonio, TX
Service to the Profession include Ad-Hoc reviewer for IGI Global publications and mentor for Master’s Level Early Childhood Teacher Option #6 Candidates
Campus Committees: CU Teacher Education Committee; Community Early Childhood Training Days; IECE Education Advisory Council; Jump Start Read for the Record (Chair); Raising Awareness on Bias; SOECAEP Standard 2; SOE Graduate Faculty Committee