Born Nov. 10, 1981.
Crown Point resident.
Bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer.
Employed by Hanover Community School Corporation.
Loves the outdoors.
Accomplishments: Travis Lechien teaches science at Hanover Central Junior-Senior High School in Cedar Lake. He instructs primarily sophomores taking chemistry, a Core 40 diploma course for students directed toward college. The course is an introduction to college chemistry with weekly labs that range from 15 minutes to more in-depth study spanning two days. Lechien leads honors chemistry that models a college course closer and moves at a more accelerated pace with increased experimentation and less homework. Grades are based more on labs and exams. Additionally, Lechien teaches Advanced Placement biology, a lecture and hands-on based class following the College Board curriculum. Students write formal lab reports weekly and recently took a weekend trip to study succession and the ecosystem at the Dunes National Lakeshore campground. "My goal in all three classes is for students to take out of the class something that can be used in college or in the work force," he said. Lechien
coaches the fine arts academic and Science Olympiad teams. He sponsors the high school Student Council, freshman class and coaches junior high track.
Personal hero: "My father, Marty Lechien of Hartford City. He's really worked hard for everything he has and is continually accepting of his kids."
What I read: "I'm into any scientific reading. I liked Guns, Germs and Steel, The Faith of Human Society' by Jared Diamond."
Advice: "Give 110 percent."
Why I'm in education: "I feel I can impact young people's lives and by doing so, making sure as an adult that I have a future."
People might be surprised to know: "My joy of horseback riding."