Software Engineer, Architect, and Artist in Omaha, Nebraska
With an extensive 25-year background in classroom management and instruction, Robert Goetschkes has established himself as a distinguished education subject matter expert. Throughout his career, he has skillfully developed curricula for public schools, honed teaching methodologies, and fostered strong connections with students.
Goetschkes channels his critical thinking skills and passion for efficiency in his full-time position at the Leeward Light Charitable Foundation, where he contributes to warehousing operations.
Growing up in Mahopac, a suburban community of New York City, Goetschkes drew inspiration from his father, who served as both a firefighter and a plumber. His father's heroism motivated him to join the Coast Guard during the first Gulf War, following his pursuit of becoming a hero.
Completing his secondary education at Mahopac High School in New York City in 1984, Goetschkes pursued his academic interests further at SUNY Oneonta. He immersed himself in studying history, economics, and foil fencing there, successfully graduating in 1988. He continued his educational journey by obtaining a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a Field Endorsement in Secondary Social Sciences.
Goetschkes' determination and resourcefulness were evident throughout his education and career. He worked three part-time jobs throughout the year and independently financed his college degree, embodying a can-do attitude that carried him through his 11-year service in the U.S. Coast Guard. His exceptional dedication even led him to gain admission into the esteemed Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Fraternity in 2002.
After college, Goetschkes ventured beyond U.S. borders by enlisting in the U.S. Peace Corps. For two and a half years, he resided in Tonga, engaging in community-based service that allowed him to forge connections, cultivate relationships, and contribute to the global community.
While abroad, Goetschkes explored various countries, including India, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. These diverse experiences gave him a global perspective that greatly influenced his ability to shape the minds of numerous students throughout his 25-year teaching career.
Goetschkes' unwavering commitment to education, complemented by his diverse experiences, has positioned him as a well-rounded professional. He continues to inspire and empower students by encouraging a broader worldview and supporting their individual growth.