Meet Mr. Goodell!
How did God call you into teaching, and/or what are your professional credentials (or prior work experience)?
So much of my personal calling into the teaching field came from my time at RCS, from elementary all the way through high school. God called me into teaching by stirring a passion within me to intensely study the Bible academically, and then use that passion to shape others and couple my heart for learning with a servant hearted mindset of teaching. After completing my Master’s Degree in Theology, I have gained experience in the public sector of education, substitute teaching, professionally aiding SPED classes, serving as acting interim librarian, and aiding in computer tech courses for K-5 at a San Mateo public school here in the Bay Area.
What motivated you to become a teacher at Redwood Christian?
Coming from the public-school system, I can see the value more than ever for Christian education. More than just the learning, I see the power and weight of Christian influence from an early age; I am a testimony of such influence. The personal impact of teachers in my life, the success of Christian education academically and the environment fostered at RCS which allows children to thrive both corporately and uniquely are all of the reasons why I so passionately believe in Redwood Christian Schools.
Tell us about your family and how they are looking forward to this new opportunity.
We are growing family and ecstatic at the connection we have now built with RCS! My wife and I have been married for a little over a year, and we have just celebrated the birth of our first child, our baby boy Levi Foster Goodell, born in September. My wife has her MA in Teaching from UC Davis and is a wonderful and experienced elementary teacher. We are a family of educators, and we love it!
What is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
With a background in education from an elementary to college level, as well as a tenure of 4 years in pastoral ministry, I believe my passion for learning coupled with a pastoral heart can bring much to these students. Creating a classroom environment that is safe, creative, challenging, and fruitful allows for a tapestry of education that I hope can be unique to my strengths as someone who thrives when given the chance to inspire passion and ignite self-belief.
Do you have any other hobbies/interests outside of teaching?
As formerly mentioned, I am in part-time vocational ministry; hobbies out of this particular vocation include videography, photography, reading, and website design. I play several instruments and sports and continue to be passionate about those fields as well.
How will you inspire students in 1st Grade?
There is such a beautiful opportunity in a 1st grade classroom for the “proverbial light bulb” to come on as we learn and collaborate. I want to inspire our 1st graders by encouraging students to think deeper than the surface, to dig below the apparent answer and contemplate the “why” even at ages 5, 6, or 7. If we, as a class, can learn content while simultaneously learning the “why,” I believe more light bulbs will click, more fun will be had (always important), and a newly birthed desire to love learning can take place.