2022 D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension, Rachel Stewart
Rachel Stewart has served as the Family and Consumer Sciences agent and county coordinator for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Tattnall County since 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in child and family development and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in instructional technology, both from Georgia Southern University, and began her career in Tattnall County as the 4-H Youth Development agent in 2002.
Now a senior public service associate for UGA, Stewart is known for her extensive programming efforts in child safety and injury prevention with a concentration on child passengers and teen drivers. Her research study, “Child Passenger Safety with Culturally Diverse Audiences,” was published in the Journal of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2019.
Stewart is known widely for enhancing scholarly work efforts among county Extension faculty, receiving invitations to speak at three national professional conferences.
As project coordinator and co-author of the Healthy Georgia Wellness curriculum, Stewart developed a 14-lesson series to assist with employee wellness programs and community education. The curriculum addresses wellness as a whole, from financial to physical health, and her work in wellness programming has been recognized with five national awards.
Stewart is passionate about her work and looks forward to future opportunities for continuing to provide public service in her community. A native of southeast Georgia, she currently lives in Vidalia with her husband, Glynn, and has two children, Macy, 21, and Dawson, 15. She spends her spare time at the ball field watching Dawson play baseball and watching Georgia football.