Stella Kennedy, who teaches 6th Grade core and Green Team classes at Piedmont Middle School, is well known for her passion for education. She delights in inspiring students to think beyond themselves and care about the community, world affairs, and especially the environment. The Garden Club of America has taken note of her extraordinary commitment to environmental education and honored her with the Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements furthering early environmental education.
The Hull award was established in 1992 in honor of Elizabeth Abernathy Hull (1900 – 1996), an avid gardener and environmentalist. Hull credited her mother and grandmother with instilling in her at a young age a passion for the environment. The Hull Award provides $1,000 to recipients who inspire children under the age of 16 to appreciate the beauty and fragility of our planet.
Announcing this award, the Garden Club of America described Stella Kennedy as “an educator and an inspiration for over forty-seven years.” The GCA noted that Ms. Kennedy has given her students meaningful opportunities to learn about and appreciate nature through her “Green Team” curriculum and her efforts to establish an outdoor teaching and learning space to support this curriculum.