June 2019

California Educator Named to the National FFA Board of Directors

Atwater High School Agriculture Department

Atwater FFA

PO Box 835  /  2201 Fruitland Ave

Atwater, CA  95301

Office:  209-357-6025

​Fax:  209-357-6067

Atwater FFA

California Educator Named to the National FFA Board of Directors

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, August 20, 2019/National FFA Organization) – Dave Gossman, California has been named to the National FFA Board of Directors. 


Dave began his career as an FFA member at Arroyo Grande High School in Arroyo Grande, Calif.  In college, he pursued a degree in exotic animal training and management and became a sea lion and dolphin trainer before recognizing his passion for becoming an agriculture instructor.  Following becoming a dolphin trainer, EMT and volunteer firefighter in Hawaii, Dave pursued and received his Master of Science with a specialization in agricultural education from California Polytech University in San Luis Obispo, California in 2002.  

He began his teaching career at Atwater High School as a part of a three teacher agricultural program staff with 250 agriculture students.  Today, he is department chair at the Atwater agriculture program/FFA chapter and has more than 1,100 students and ten staff members, the largest program in the nation. He specializes in agriscience and horticulture and oversees the management and coordination of the department. He is a mentor teacher and has presented multiple professional workshops. He has served on the California Agriculture Teacher Association Executive Committee CATA) as well as the CATA president. 

"Dave brings a wealth of experiences in developing, building and expanding an urban agriculture program," said National FFA Advisor and board chair Dr. Steve A. Brown. "Through his involvement on the board, we are certain he will continue to advance the mission of the National FFA Organization as we prepare the next generation of agricultural leaders."

Dave and his wife, Tiffany reside in Merced and have two sons. His term on the National FFA Board of Directors began July 1, 2019. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout the U.S

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 669,989 student members as part of 8,630 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and official news page of the National FFA Organization. 

About National FFA Foundation


The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.