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Mr. Dave Gossman

Horticulture and Ag Earth Science Instructor
Department Chair, FFA & Swine Advisor
Dairy Products & Horticulture Judging Team Coach

Birth Place: Santa Monica, CA
Hometown: Arroyo Grande, CA
Current Residence: Merced, CA

Family: Wife (Tiffany), two sons (Garrett and Gannon), and a sand crab (Crabby)

High School: Arroyo Grande High School (1986 Alumni)

Education / Career Highlights:

Moorpark College

A.S. Degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management


Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

B.S. Degree in Agriculture Science
M.S. Degree in Agriculture Science

10 yr career with Dolphin Quest, Inc.

Dolphin Trainer / Director
Big Island of Hawaii, Tahiti, and Bermuda Facilities

Waikoloa, Hawaii and Arroyo Grande, CA

5 yr Volunteer Firefighter

Atwater High School Agriculture Instructor Since: 2002-2003 school year

Favorite Movie: "Love Actually"

Sports/Hobbies: Traveling, watching and attending professional sporting events

Song That Would Pump Me Up: “TNT” – AC/DC

Favorite Book (of late): “One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season" by Chris Ballard

Hollywood Celebrity You Can Relate To Most: Steve Martin / Jim Carrey

Teaching Philosophy:

“To make a positive difference in the lives of young people”

“Influence an ' EFFORT = SUCCESS' mentality”

Influential People (outside of family):

  • Mr. DeRose and Mr. Champlin – High School Ag Teachers

  • Dr. Joe “Take the Fork” Sabol – Cal Poly, SLO

  • Bud and Jo Krames – Marine Mammal Trainers

  • Successful “Coaches”

Philosophy in Life:

“Until they prove otherwise, you only live once, so have fun and make it worthwhile.”

Favorite Quotes:

“Attitude is a Choice”

“Well done is better than well said"


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