Rachel Stewart has always known she wanted to work with children, but it wasn't until she learned about Extension Services that she figured out how.
Originally an education major, Stewart wanted a career in early childhood education, but after completing some field experience, she realized the school system was not going to give her the platform she needed to make a difference in children's lives.
During college Stewart had the opportunity to work with the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Treutlen County, and said she instantly felt right at home with Extension.
“It gave me a chance to teach and educate the community about topics I was very passion about such as nutrition, health and safety of children,” she said.
Stewart was the Tattnall County 4-H Agent for 11 years, until two years ago when she became the Tattnall FACS Agent and the County Coordinator.
Stewart's new position allows her to have an even larger impact on children and families. She said one of the biggest issues facing her county right now is the number of children riding unrestrained, or improperly restrained, in vehicles.
According to Stewart, there are an increased number of injuries and fatalities in car accidents due to the lack of proper child restraints. As the FACS Agent Stewart provided monthly Child Passenger Safety Classes to her community, and developed a partnership between the SAFE Kids director and then Governor's Office of highway Safety to provide car seats for parents unable to purchase them.
Stewart has worked tirelessly to keep children in her county safe and healthy.
“In the past 12 months, I have inspected 200 child restraints, 155 were installed improperly and would not have protected the child in the event of a crash,” said Stewart.
Stewart said the best part of her job is being able to, “make a difference in people's lives.Â I can have a lasting impact on my community and help others.”
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Published March 3, 2016
Rachel E. Stewart
Tattnall County - Reidsville
Family and Consumer Sciences
"It gave me a chance to teach and educate the community about topics I was very passion about such as nutrition, health and safety of children."
- Rachel Stewart, Tattnall County FACS Agent
Georgia Southern University, BS Child and Family Development
Georgia Southern University, Masters of Education
Vidalia, Georgia/Lyons, Georgia