Arizona Water Education Expert Joins Project WET Foundation Board of Directors

Kerry SchwartzKerry Schwartz FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Project WET Foundation has tapped an experienced Project WET state coordinator as its newest Board of Directors member. Kerry Schwartz, who currently directs the Arizona Project WET (APW) water education program as Faculty with Arizona Cooperative Extension and the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona, was invited to join the Board earlier this month after an extensive vetting process.

“Kerry is one of the most active coordinators in the Project WET USA network,” said Project WET Foundation President and CEO Dennis Nelson. “Moreover, Kerry and her Arizona team have played key roles in the creation of numerous Project WET publications. Kerry’s understanding of and commitment to water education is second to none, and we are proud to have her on the Foundation’s Board.”

With more than 30 years in water resources and 17 in education, Kerry currently leads water education activities throughout the state of Arizona through Arizona Project WET. The program focuses on developing water stewardship in tandem with literacy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through teacher professional development that evolves instructional practices and deepens content knowledge, direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning and community engagement that offers effective involvement in K-12 education.

Kerry directs a team of education coordinators working out of three extension offices and sustains partnerships with over 30 corporations, foundations and governmental agencies. She co-authored the School Water Audit Program, the Water Scene Investigations Program and the Arizona Conserve Water Educators Guide. After earning a master’s degree in geohydrology, Kerry worked for eight years in environmental consulting before joining Arizona Project WET. In the last six years, she has received numerous awards for her work in environmental education.

Kerry joins seven other members of the Project WET Foundation Board of Directors, including a NASA educator astronaut, a water reuse expert and environmental health and safety executives from the mining and semiconductor industries. The Board’s membership epitomizes the 501(c)(3) organization’s commitment to “water for all water users”, with members representing all water user categories and diverse geographic regions as well as government agencies and private enterprise. 

About the Project WET Foundation: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET ("WET" stands for "Water Education for Teachers") is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries worldwide.

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