Was director of the Center for Environmental Education
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2017) — Billy Bennett has been named executive director of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC) in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Bennett, who has 10 years of experience in environmental education, was the director of the Center for Environmental Education and part-time faculty in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) prior to his appointment as executive director. He also served as the chair of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) and the Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education (KUPEE).
KEEC was established to improve Kentuckians’ understanding of their environment. Although a major focus is primary and secondary education, the council also works with colleges and universities, businesses, local governments, private organizations and citizens to provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about the environment.
Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree in middle school education and master’s degrees in secondary education and elementary education from EKU. Currently he is a doctoral student in educational leadership at EKU. He holds a Rank 1 teaching certificate for 5th-8th grade science/social studies, as well as 8th-12th grade earth science, and has an Environmental Education Endorsement for grades K-12. In addition, he is a certified master environmental educator through the KEEC.
His professional affiliations include the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE), The Kentucky Science Teachers Association (KSTA), and the National Science Teachers Association and (NSTA). He is also a member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).