BS in Elementary Education, Toccoa Falls College
MEd, Clemson University
EdD in Organizational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
Before coming to Southeastern, Dr. Samuel Bennett accumulated over 20 years in public school education, including stints in elementary, middle, community college and adult education. In 2005, Dr. Bennett was selected as the Polk County Teacher of the Year. In 2006, he was named the Florida Teacher of the Year, an honor that put him in the national competition with the top teachers from every state. He was eventually honored as one of four national finalists for the 2006 National Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Bennett is active at both county and state levels of public and parochial education, serving on several boards and advisory councils: Noah’s Ark of Central Florida, Big Brother/Big Sister of Tampa Bay and Pathways School of Excellence. He is also involved with the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Winter Haven Optimist Club.
Dr. Bennett teaches several of the Advanced Methods of Teaching courses in the Southeastern MEd graduate program. His research interests are parental involvement in education, educational ethics, pre-service teacher education, cooperative learning, and teacher encouragement and retention.