My name is Travis, and I am currently a student at Lake Land College with a 3.677 GPA in the Agriculture department. Specifically my degree will be in Horticulture, which is the science of plants and plant care. Topics of study in this field include environmental issues, fertilization, minor chemistry and math, diseases and pests/insects, and landscaping to name a few.
I have also taken speech classes and excelled in them, enough so that I have been invited to be a guest speaker at Lake Land's Energy Conference, where I will be addressing a crowd of up to 1000 people on the basics of building raised garden beds.
I have been placed on the Dean's list, and/or the Presidents list for high academic achievement every semester and I have been invited to join the National Honor Society. Offices and clubs I am active in include: member of the Horticulture club and president of the club during the Spring '13 semester, also member of PAS (post secondary agricultural student organization).
With the Hort club, I was able to start a children's program in which we take the daycare children to our greenhouse and give them a tour and a small lecture on the care of plants, followed by a QnA, and then we teach the children how to plant and care for their own plants to take home with them. This program has been VERY successful and I still run into parents who thank me for sparking their children's interest.
The other club, PAS allowed me to have the opportunity to compete in my field of study at the state and the national levels. In the fall of '11 I competed at the state level in Landscaping where I garnered a 3rd place individual plaque and 3rd place team plaque. Also, I competed in Floriculture (the study of flowering plants) where I finished 2nd individually, and 2nd team. Lastly, that semester I also competed in the team Quiz Bowl where my Team and I finished 3rd. My placement in these competitions gave me the chance to compete Nationally. Sadly, a member is only allowed to compete in one segment at Nationals, so I chose Floriculture and was able to finish 3rd place in the Nation with my teammate. The next year I again chose to compete in Floriculture at the state level, placing 2nd individually and 2nd team, and then at the National level my team and I again captured 3rd place in the nation, and I personally finished in 4th place in the whole nation. I was also chosen by my instructors to be our schools student delegate for the political aspects of national PAS meetings, and with that I was responsible for sitting in on debates and discussions and then voting for officers for the club.
My first internship was at Lincoln Log Cabins State Historic Site where I was in charge of the fields and gardens, and also I was responsible for the Children's Garden. I hand-built six 4x8 raised organic garden beds and then I directed the children on how to plant the seeds, care for the plants, and harvest the fruits of our labors. With this program we would also do arts and crafts such as bird houses and bird feeders on rainy or dangerously hot days. My second internship was as the Assistant Superintendant in Training at the Charleston Country Club. That internship was rather boring and uneventful. I mowed grass and did other general landscaping duties and had no other responsibilities. I tried, unsuccessfully, to create another childrens program there but the bosses and board were not interested.
Communication skills would be my forte if I were to be asked. As an 8th grader I had the reading capabilities of a sophomore in college and I still hold the record for most "Accelerated Reader" points in a year at my Jr. High back home in Effingham Il. Reading, writing, and public speaking are second nature to me and are definitely my strongest point. I have even been able to successfully teach an 18 year old male from Chicago to read in a 6 month period while attending Military School. He was an "at-risk youth" and a product of a defunct Chicago area public education system. 18 years old and unable to read...at all. My teacher told me after the second week there that my only goal, the one thing that would allow me to graduate, was to teach this boy how to read. It was an amazingly rewarding experience, and I became a big fan of Hooked on Phonics and Dr. Seuss books to use as tutoring tools.
Spreading knowledge, fostering intelligence, and helping others are the things that make me the most happy. The program that I helped start in the Horticultue club is named "Plant a seed" and the seed that I hope is planted is the seed of curiosity. If I can spark interest in ONE child, then my life goals have been completed and I will be a happy person.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope you will consider me as the tutor who will fit your needs.
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