Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Alumna in the Spotlight: Shawanna L. Henderson

Occupation: Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Title: Entomologist

Academy at Coral Reef High School: Agriscience & Engineering Technology Academy 

Favorite Memory/Activity about the Reef: Pep Rallies, FFA, Bible Club, Track & Field, Hanging out with my friends and traveling in the US and overseas.

What did you do after graduation?
Three days after high school graduation, I attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida where I studied Agricultural Science and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a Concentration in Agricultural Science/Entomology Biological Pest Management with a minor in Education. (GO RATTLERS!!! WE STRIKE, STRIKE & STRIKE AGAIN!).

After receiving my degree from FAMU, I worked as a Property Manager of an Apartment Complex in Tallahassee, Fl for a year. While working, I volunteered at many shelters, hospitals, hospice centers, and mentor young children. In addition I expanded my interest in cosmetology; in which I enjoy rejuvenating and beautifying individuals on my free time. At this time in my life I was taking a rest from intrigued science courses and giving back to humanity!!!

Then a year later, I decided to go back to school to Master in Science with a concentration in Health Science Management from Argosy University in Tampa, FL. I moved back to Miami for about six months and commuted to Tampa, Fl and variety of states/cities for field studies that contributed to my thesis for my Masters degree. I graduated November 2012!

Now I currently work at the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
as an Entomologist that regulates pesticide products that are sold throughout the state of Florida. I have been working for the state of Florida for about 3 year. Working for the state of Florida is rewarding in many ways in this season in my life… My quote: “Never get complacent, always strive high” My thoughts “With all I do in this life, I give God all the glory”

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