Amy Paxton Aiken is a nutrition research and evaluation consultant, a registered dietitian, and a middle school athletics teacher at Hanger Hall.
She has a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work experiences range from managing an international childhood nutrition program to directing and managing evaluation efforts for the National Farm to School Network and FoodCorps. She is passionate about food, nutrition, and healthy communities, all of which compliment her love for being active.
Amy has worn a variety of hats since graduating from the College of William and Mary in 2002, including teaching middle school science and experiential/adventure education. Some of her favorite moments include teaching environmental science along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, leading cycling trips on Prince Edward Island, teaching rock climbing in the Swiss Alps, leading kayak trips in New Mexico, and coaching track in Richmond, Virginia. She is a certified ropes course instructor and has led programs for over 15 years.
Amy has worked closely with ASAP’s Growing Minds Program for more than three years to educate and train future dietitians and teachers in farm to school programming, including creating a cooking camp for middle school girls. She integrates nutrition and cooking into her athletic classes, as food is an integral part of training and health.
Outside of work, she is likely to be playing with her two kids and husband, running, or at the farmers’ market. She also spends time reading, gardening, hiking, cooking and baking, and trying new sports.