Tamara Basepayne, San Joaquin County Office of Education
Tamara Basepayne is the STEM coordinator of outdoor education and environmental literacy for the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE). She has 14 years of experience as an educator. Previously, she worked for 12 years as a high school life science and career technical education teacher. During this time, she developed, implemented, and coordinated a health science academy. She started at the SJCOE as a science coordinator for two years and provided professional learning for K–12 science teachers and leaders in the county. In her current position, she collaboratively manages outdoor education and environmental literacy throughout San Joaquin County and beyond. She supports the environmental literacy networks for San Joaquin County and is the director for the California Environmental Literacy Project for the Central Region. Tamara is passionate about getting all students outdoors and involved in their local environments. She continues to provide professional learning for all the districts within San Joaquin County and enjoys supporting teachers through the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and the inclusion of environmental literacy in STEM courses. Tamara loves being outdoors, listening to music, watching movies, and traveling with her family. She ultimately wants all children to experience the wonder of nature.