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

Family: Two Sons (Garrett and Gannon)

High School:  Arroyo Grande High School

Education / Career Highlights:

  • Moorpark College:   A.S. Degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management

  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo:   B.S & M.S. Degree in Agriculture Science

  • 10 Year Career with Dolphin Quest, Inc:   Dolphin Trainer/ Director at the Big Island of Hawaii, Tahiti, and Bermuda Facilities

  • Waikoloa, Hawaii and Arroyo Grande, CA:   5 Year Volunteer Firefighter

Atwater High School Instructor Since:  2002-2003


Mr. Dave Gossman

Department Chair

FFA  Advisor

Swine and Horticulture SAE Advisor

​Ag Earth Science Instructor

Horticulture Instructor​

​Turfgrass and Sports Field Management Instructor

Milk Quality and Dairy Foods CDE Judging Team Coach

Nursery and Landscape CDE  Judging Team Coach


 Atwater FFA

Atwater High School Agriculture Department

Atwater FFA

PO Box 835  /  2201 Fruitland Ave

Atwater, CA  95301

Office:  209-357-6025

​Fax:  209-357-6067


“Interesting Tidbits"

Favorite Movie (of late): "Kodachrome"

Favorite Book (of late): “The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown

Sports/Hobbies: Traveling, Watching and Attending Professional Sporting Events

Favorite ("Pump-Up") Song: "TNT" by AC/DC

Favorite Quote:  "Attitude is a Choice" and "Well done is better than well said" 

Teaching Philosophy: "To make a positive difference in the lives of young people" and "Influence an 'EFFORT=SUCCESS' mentality"

Influential People (Outside of Family): 

  • Mr. DeRose and Mr. Champlin- AgricultureTeachers
  • Dr. Joe "Take the Fork" Sabol- Cal Poly, SLO
  • Bud and Jo Krames- Marine Mammal Trainers
  • Successful "Coaches" in Sports / Life 

Philosophy in Life:   “Live Your Dream" and "Get Things Done"