An article about me in Pest Control Technology Magazine! Pretty cool huh?
There first page says:
If it’s true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, the adage certainly describes this young man’s path to pest management. He turned his childhood entomophobia into a passion for insects, and that into a degree from Cornell University and a position as staff entomologist at American Pest, Fulton, Md.
“As a kid I was terrified of insects, but my parents didn’t want any of their children to have irrational fears,” says Ramsey. “So my mom had me go to the library and check out a bunch of entomology books. Once I started reading about insects, I fell in love with them. Insects went from the focus of my macabre fears to the creatures that I’m the most passionate about.”
His early-found love for insects combined with hard work and determination fueled his lifelong educational aspirations and his career path. “At seven, I told everyone who would listen that I was going to be an entomologist,” He says. And he’s never looked back.
Education was highly valued in the Ramsey household. Both of his parents were avid readers and instilled a love of reading and learning in their children. Though initially skeptical about his growing fascination with insects, his parents supported his interest. “My parents thought it was pretty weird at first, but after they saw I was serious about it, they started to nurture it,” he says. “My mom loved the idea that I wanted to be a scientist.”
In elementary school in Prince George’s County, Md., he attended classes for gifted students. It was there he met Kathy Hackett, a teacher whose husband happened to be an entomologist. “She told me she had never met an African American entomologist before,” Ramsey says. After recognizing his interests and his academic abilities, Hackett and her husband took him under their wings, fostering his ambition. “They became my second parents,” he says.
“They would always bring something back for me when they attended the annual Entomological Society of America convention.” A convention that he hoped to one day attend.
In high school, he left his mark. Despite distractions at what he describes as a “kind of a dangerous school,” he achieved the highest grade point average at the school, and maintained it for three years. He went on to receive…