Paula Gossard

    Adjunct Professor, School of Education

    • PhD in Science Education (Earth and Environmental Sciences), The University of Southern Mississippi
    • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, George Mason University
    • BA in Chemistry/BS in Oceanography, Humboldt State University

    Dr. Gossard teaches courses in education and the natural sciences, including marine science, environmental science, and biology.

    Discovering a love of both middle school students and teaching while leading a middle school youth group during college, Dr. Gossard earned a California teaching certificate and embarked on a 31-year career teaching science and math, primarily in Christian schools. Prior to serving at Cairn, she was instrumental in beginning the high school program at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, VA, leading enrollment growth from four students to over 200 students. She has also served as an school administrator in Kodiak, AK.

    Dr. Gossard and her husband, Carl, lived in many different locations during his career as a Coast Guard officer; of these, Alaska was by far their favorite.  When “free” time allows, Dr. Gossard enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading, and cooking.

    Academic Specialties & Interests:
    Earth & Environmental Sciences, Science Education, Integration of faith & science, Pedagogy for teaching non-major science courses

    Writings and Publications:

    • “The Wheel Garden:  Project-based Learning for Cross-Curriculum Education.” Int’l Journal of Soc. Science, 3(1), 2008.
    • Dissertation: Teaching Science in Light of Worldview (2009), University of Southern Mississippi.

    Teaching at Cairn since 2007

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