"I would like to recommend Daryl at Snake Encounters as an excellent motivational speaker
for helping students get motivated to take State Tests. We have had some problems getting
kids interested in taking the end of year tests that our state requires, and we decided to
try a motivational speaker.
Daryl's use of snakes immediately grabbed my attention because I realized this would grab
our student's attention.
I was not wrong. There was an anticipation for two days before
the show that was unmatched of any assembly we have ever had. Students were going to the
Snake Encounters web site and learning about the different snakes that were going to be
part of the show.
During the show the students were glued to the presentation and that made it easy for
Daryl to talk to the students about overcoming their fear of taking tests and the fear
of failure in general. He talked to the kids about overcoming their fear of snakes and
how they could use this same approach in overcoming their fear of failure in taking tests.
Our principal was pulled out of the audience and had a snake encounter of his own.
The message: if he can overcome his fear of snakes, then you can overcome your fears.
Our principal said that this was one of the best assemblies he had ever seen at our school."
Sarcoxie High School
|August 22, 2006 |
As Curator of The Living Materials Center, I have known Daryl Sprout for
twenty years through our mutual interest in the study of herpetology. I
have always admired his dedication to any endeavor he has undertaken, and
his genuine concern for the welfare of not only reptiles, but all forms of wildlife.
I have witnessed his presentations with live reptiles on numerous
occasions. He has always impressed me with his safety in handling
techniques, knowledge of the animals, and professionalism when dealing
with the public. Daryl's prowess with comic timing and prestidigitation
entertains as he educates. His communication skills are exceptional with
both young and old.
Daryl has appeared on my cable show often and is very comfortable
with the media and with groups of all ages and sizes.
with wildlife are always humane and in the best interest of the animals
concerned. I would highly recommend Daryl for presentations to all types
Daryl has also established himself as very knowledgeable in the area of
animal behavior and I frequently refer his company "Snake Encounters" to
organizations and individuals when there is a reptile concern.
Plano Independent School District
Living Materials Center
|Daryl Sprout's Snake Encouters is one of the most exciting
live animal programs I have ever seen. He brings his outstanding humor and balanced
education to students throughout North Texas. Over the last five years, Daryl has
dazzled thousands of students at Winston Science sharing his enthusiasm for
snakes, and teaching others to appreciate them. His wonderful demeanor enables
students of all ages to approach snakes with a new understanding. It is truly amazing
to see the priceless expressions on the faces of young people having an opportunity to
hold a snake for the first time.
I highly recommend this program for any event where you want to combine both fun and
Lehman Marks, PhD
The Winston School
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