This month's blog features a Staff Spotlight of the newest Lucas SWCD employee, Patrick Troyer, our Education Specialist.
How long have you worked for Lucas SWCD?
Since mid-June 2022
What did you do prior to joining the Lucas SWCD team?
I am a 2013 graduate of Paulding High School and a 2016 graduate of THE Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. My start in education came following college when I worked for the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District from 2016-2020, serving as the Education Specialist most of that time. From there, I turned to doing more field-based work for County and Federal government agencies, but conservation education kept calling me back home -- so here I am!
What is your favorite part about your job?
It brings me such great joy to be back where I feel I belong and to watch the many wonders of the natural world come alive for folks of all ages.
What is something you want to share with our readers?
My goal for my position is quite simple: Learn as much as we can and have lots of fun while doing it! I hope that the lessons provided will help supplement teachers' curriculum or community program with engaging, hands-on activities that will spark interest in your students or participants in the wonderful world that is out there! I am still learning the ropes around the office and trying to get a feel for the programs I would like to offer. Be on the look out for a program guide soon!
What is something you enjoy doing outside of work?
I reside in Oakwood, Ohio in Paulding County with my sweet dog, Trey, and two cats, Bert and Ernie, on our family farm. Some of my favorite hobbies are helping on the farm, reading a good book, spending time with my family, and going for a long walk in the woods.
Welcome, Patrick, to the Lucas SWCD family! To reach Patrick, email him at PTroyer@co.lucas.oh.us or call the office at (419) 893-1966 ext. 2#.