Dr. Carol Gossett
I use a constructivist approach to teaching and encourage students to develop their own understanding of concepts presented in my courses. I sincerely strive to adapt to students' specific needs in order to insure that their learning experiences directly address their classroom strengths and weaknesses, district and state standards, their personal growth and professional development. My philosophy of teaching is: "if the child does not learn the way you teach, then teach the way the child learns."
Professional Experience: Fresno Pacific University, Faculty/Director - 2002 - present; AIMS Education Foundation, 1993-2001; Educational consultant with AIMS National Leadership Network, 1987 - present; Kindergarten teacher, 1972-1993.
Personal Experience: Serve as Deacon for my church
Scholarly Interests: Technology, brain-based learning
Honors and Awards: Past president, California Kindergarten Association; Charter member and research chair, National Kindergarten Alliance
Publications: California Kindergarten Association Research, Theory, and Practice Journal; National Kindergarten Alliance; AIMS Education Foundation
Recommended Reading: The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 ~ "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."
Favorite Music: Oldies and Soul from 1960's
Favorite Activities: Watersports, travel
Family Info: Married 37 years; 2 sons, one daughter-in-law, dogs, cats and fish
What Matters: Your personal relationship with Jesus Christ
Pet Peeves: People who are rude and inconsiderate of others
What I Like About FPU: The commitment to service toward students by the faculty and staff