Travis E. Funderburk of Pineville contributed to education at the local and state levels while serving as a teacher, principal, supervisor and Assistant Superintendent in Rapides Parish. After graduating with honors from Northwestern State College in 1950 and earning a master’s in Education at LSU, he completed post-graduate work at the University of Florida, LSU and Northwestern, in addition to completing many institutes and seminars on special topics in education.

Funderburk began his career as a physics and general science teacher at Bolton High School in Alexandria before becoming an assistant principal and later Principal at Cherokee Elementary. He was Supervisor of Elementary Education for the Rapides Parish School Board from 1963-66 and Director of Instruction and High School Supervisor from 1966-67. From 1967-80, he was Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and from 1980-93 owned Travco Educational Consultant and Sales Services, serving school systems and school supply firms.

During his career, Funderburk served on several Department of Education panels and task forces that addressed funding, personnel evaluation, pupil assessment and resources. He worked on and held offices on several of Louisiana’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) committees that evaluated elementary, secondary and unit schools for accreditation and served as a consultant for schools undergoing self-studies. Funderburk held offices in many local and state professional organizations He received the 1979 Outstanding Education Award presented by the Louisiana Association of School Executives and the Educational Leadership Award presented by the Louisiana Association for Supervisors and Curriculum Development. He is listed in Who’s Who in Educational Administration and Who’s Who in Education.