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“Mini-Biography"


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

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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




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 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

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“Interesting Tidbits"

Favorite Movie: "Love Actually"

Favorite Book (of late): “The Last Cowboys - A Pioneer family in the West" by John Branch

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:   “Life is short - Don't dilly dally."