Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- Elena Bowers brings 28 years of teaching experience to her job as McKinley County's new home economics and 4-H agent with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.
"Right now, we're adding several new programs in McKinley County, including nurturing parenting education, cooking with kids and Kitchen Creations, a cooking school for people with diabetes," Bowers said.
She said working as an Extension agent fulfills a lifelong goal.
Bowers comes to NMSU after 28 years as an educator in Fort Lupton, Colo., 20 miles north of Denver. She was an English as a second language (ESL) instructor at Fort Lupton Middle School and taught English, citizenship and life skills to a large population of migrant workers through Aims Community College. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
She spent 16 years as a 4-H leader in Weld County, which will help with her new 4-H responsibilities.
"We're hoping to build 4-H participation in McKinley County and increase the number of home economics projects at the Bi-County Fair," she said.
Bowers, her husband and son returned to New Mexico in 1999 and live in Pine Haven, 20 miles south of Gallup. Their son, Wesley, will graduate from Gallup High School in May 2004.
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