Faculty


SOE - Counselor Education

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Dr. Elisabeth Bennett

Professor, Program Director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3512
Fax: (509) 313-5964

Office Location
Rosauer Center, room 254

Dr. Elisabeth Bennett (Lisa) earned a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Utah. She has been teaching for Gonzaga since 1994 and serves as Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

 
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Dr. Michelle Ghoston, LMHC, LPC (Va), ACS

Assistant Professor and Director of Masters of Counselling, Canada

AD Box 025

Phone: 313-3848

Office Location
RC 270

 
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Dr. Paul Hastings

Associate Professor

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, Washington 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3515
Fax: (509) 313-5964

Office Location
Rosauer Center, room 256

Dr. Paul Hastings earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Washington State Unviersity. He has been teaching for Gonzaga since 1977.

 
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Dr. Adriana Wissel

Lecturer-AT,Counselor Education; Director of School Counseling Program

714 E Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3851

Office Location
RC 268

Office Hours
Tuesdays 1:00-3:00PM
Thursdays 10:00AM-12:00PM
Also available by appointment

 
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Mark Young

Associate Professor, Program Director of the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling, and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3658
Fax: (509) 313-5964

Office Location
Rosauer Center, room 264

Dr. Mark Young earned a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University. He serves as Director of the Marriage and Family Counseling program and current Chair for the Department of Counselor Education.

 

SOE - Educational Leadership and Administration

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Orphajean Cotes

FES, MALA Kelowna Region, BC


 
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Dr. Albert Fein

Professor and Program Director of the Master of Education (School Administration) (Alberta)

Gonzaga University
Department of Leadership and Administration
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 3651
Fax: 509 313 5485

Office Location
RC 150

Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Administration School of Education September 2008: Promoted to Professor; September 2004: Promoted to Associate Professor; September 2001: Appointed to Tenure Track September 1998: Appointed as Assistant Professor; 1988-1998: K-12 Administrator Spokane School District #81; Monroe School District #103; Snohomish School District #201; 1964-1988: K-12 Teacher Edmonds School District #15

 
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Dr. Cynthia Johnson

Assistant Professor and Program Director / Supervisor for Principal / Program Administrator Certification (Washington State), DELA

714 E Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3650

Office Location
RC 118

Cynthia Johnson is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Principal Certification at Gonzaga University.  She has been involved in education since 1994 with seven years of experience as a school administrator for both elementary and intermediate schools, achieving recognition in 2013 as the Jeanne Foster Wardian Leadership in Education Award from the School of Education at G.U., the 2012 winner of the Leading for Professional Learning Award through Learning Forward, and one of five finalists for the 2007 Texas Principal of the Year. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a cognate focus on the role of Superintendent in Schools from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She has two master’s degrees, one in School Administration and the other in Special Education. She also holds state certifications in Elementary Education, Special Education, Biology, School Administrator, and Superintendent. Dr. Johnson has also contributed to the development of future school administrators through Partners for Educational Leadership at the service center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her areas of interest in education have been creating effective teaching teams, implementing action research, building school morale, online learning, and working with at-risk students and families.

 
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Dan Mahoney

Professor and University Program Director of Master of Anesthesiology Education

502 East Boone Avenue
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3584
Fax: (509) 313-3482

Office Location
Rosauer Center, Room 128

Office Hours
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

My career at Gonzaga started in 1991 when I taught as an adjunct professor. I have taught full time here since 1992.

I currently present courses in two programs: The Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration, and the Master of Anesthesiology Education. Please look at the links on my website to learn more about these programs.

The main courses I teach are ethics, research, leadership, teaching strategies, educational evaluation, and curricular design.

My primary area of research is the practical and professional ethics of teachers and administrators. This research evolved into designing and teaching courses in ethics for the Department of Leadership and Administration, and it has evolved into two books.

One of the books, Ethics and the School Administrator: Balancing Today's Complex Issues, published in 2006, has been adopted in several colleges and universities as a text for administration and leadership programs. This book helps administrators understand and more effectively deal with the ethical compromises that arise from the complex organizational and interpersonal demands of their leadership roles.

The other book, Ethics in the Classroom: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice, was published in 2008. This book, too, has been adopted in several colleges and universities as a text for teacher training programs and master's degree programs. This book helps show educators how they might choose among ethical approaches to decision-making as they face the difficult choices they make every day.

Another recent publication is Overload and Collapse in the K-12 System, an edited book my colleague, Al Fein, and I wrote and published in 2008. That collaboration was designed to help get the profound messages of our Canadian students' research findings into the hands of educators and policy makers.

My first book, An Organizational, Social Psychological, and Ethical Analysis of School Administrators' use of Deception, was published in 2003. This book examines the role of organizational dynamics in shaping ethically compromising situations.

Whether teaching in the Master of Anesthesiology Education program or the Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration program, I feel truly blessed to be with my colleagues here at Gonzaga as we focus on our most important work - which is to help nurse anesthetists, teachers, school administrators, and other educators transform their professional practice in order to improve the lives of others.

 
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Elaine Radmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

AD Box 025

Office Location
RC 136

Elaine has taught high school math and science as well as English in China.  She has a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Washington State University and recently worked as a Science Assessment Specialist for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), overseeing the development of state science assessments. 

 
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Dr. Chuck Salina

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration

714 East Boone
Rosauer Center for Education
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-3643

Office Location
RC 140

 
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Jerri Shepard

Associate Professor and Program Director of MALA (BC)

School of Education 502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3471
Fax: (509) 313-3472

Office Location
Rosauer 120

Office Hours
Tuesday, 10-12 Thursday 11-12 & by appointment

Dr. Shepard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration and the Director of the British Columbia Advisory Board.  She teaches graduate courses in British Columbia and Alberta in the Leadership Program, specializing in Culture, Diversity and Resilience. She also teaches an undergraduate course on campus, Cultural Competence Development.  Dr. Shepard has a long-standing interest in Human Rights and Social Justice.

 

SOE - Special Education

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Anjali Barretto

Professor

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3492
Fax: (509) 313-5965

Office Location
RC 110

Office Hours
For Spring 2013
Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm & Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm

I began my career in special education in India where I worked in a residential school for children with disabilities. My areas of interest include behavior disorders and feeding disorders. My area of expertise is in functional analysis and food refusal in young children. I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2001 with a Ph.D. in Special Education.

 
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Dr. Mark Derby

Professor and Program Director of the Master of Education in Special Education, Master of Initial Teaching in Special Education, and Gonzaga ABA Lab

502 E Boone Ave
Department of Special Education
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3633
Fax: (509) 313-5965

Office Location
Rosauer,

Office Hours
Tues 1-3 Thurs 1-3

I earned my AA Degree from Spokane Falls Community College, Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Washington University, and my Doctor's Degree from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, I worked at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

 
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Dr. Tim McLaughlin

Professor

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3508
Fax: (509) 313-5965

Office Location
RC 102

Office Hours
See Office Hours Schedule Posted on My Door in RC 102

Professor, Department of Special Education. At Gonzaga University since 1976. Specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis, ADHD, Behavior Disorders, Functional Behavioral Assessment. Earned Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology, Univ. of Kansas, MS in Psychology, Eastern Washington University, B. Ed. in Elementary Education, Eastern Washington University.

 
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Jennifer Neyman
Lecturer for the Department of Special Education

AD Box 025

 
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Dr. Kimberly Weber

Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education

502 E Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3661
Fax: (509) 313-5965

Office Location
RC 104

Office Hours
During the academic year, my office hours are posted on my door and do change weekly.  Please feel free to email me to set up an appointment.

Professor & Chairperson. I've been working at Gonzaga University since 1998. My research and interests include preparing teachers to utilize effective reading strategies and to manage classroom and challenging behaviors.

 

SOE - Sport and Physical Education

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Boe Burrus
Lecturer


Phone: 509-313-3604

Office Location
RC 152

 
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Heidi Nordstrom

Lecturer-AT, Sprt & Phys Ed

714 E Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6283
Fax: 509.313.3482

Office Location
RC 134

Dr. Heidi Nordstrom is excited to bring her enthusiasm for sports and education to Gonzaga University. Heidi grew up in Western Washington on a small farm near Mt. Rainier. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Washington University in Recreation Management in 2003. Heidi used her recreation degree in the following positions: campus recreation, outdoor education, organizing sports leagues and community events for the City of Federal Way Parks and Recreation department, and working for the climbing company Rainier Mountaineering.
 
Heidi completed her Masters of Education Degree from the University of Washington Tacoma campus in 2008. She taught sixth grade for one year and Physical Education/Health in grades K-12 for two years. Heidi was an assistant girl’s high school basketball coach for two years and an assistant basketball coach at an NAIA college in Montana.
 
Heidi received her doctorate in Sports Administration with a minor in Educational Psychology at the University of New Mexico in June, 2013. While at UNM she worked as a Teaching Assistant in the physical activity program and in the athletics department for academic support. She worked primarily with the football and men’s basketball teams. During the 2012-2013 school year, Heidi worked for the University of Washington Athletic Department in Student-Athlete Development.
 
Heidi’s dissertation topic was looking at the experiences of high school and college female football officials and she continues to do research in the area of sports officiating and gender studies.

 
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S. Roger Park

Director of Graduate Program

School of Education
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3483
Fax: (509) 313-3482

Office Location
RC 156

Dr. S. Roger Park is an Associate Professor of Sport and Physical Education and currently serving as Director of Graduate Program in Sport and Athletic Administration at Gonzaga University. Dr. Park holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a business minor from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, and a Master's degree in Sport Management from the University of Florida.  He received his Doctorate degree in Sport Management with an Applied Research Methods and Statistics minor from the University of Northern Colorado.  Before Dr. Park came to Gonzaga University, he developed and taught MBA courses, including Sport Management and Promotions, Sport Finance, and Research Methods at the School of Business at Saint Leo University in Tampa, Florida.  At Gonzaga University, Dr. Park teaches in the areas of Sport Promotions, Statistics and Research Methods, and Facility Management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

His research interests focus on the sport sponsorship, sport marketing, cross-cultural studies, and international sport management. He participated in such sport marketing projects as Spokane Shock, Spokane Chiefs, YMCA of the Rockies, Sponsorship Screening Tool for LG Electronics, Sponsorship Evaluation of LG Action Sports Championships, US National Taekwondo Championships, etc. He successfully secured research grants from the Academy of Korea Studies, National Research Foundation of Korea, and Gonzaga University Research Council as principal investigator or co-researcher. He has published articles in national and international journals such as International Journal of Sport Management, International Journal of Sport Marketing and Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly, and International Journal of Applied Sport Science, Journal of Kinesiology and Wellness and has presented his research work at regional, national, and international conferences. He is currently serving as the editorial board member for Journal of Kinesiology and Wellness and Korea Sport Business Journal. 

Dr. Park was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, where he practiced several martial arts such as Taekwondo (4th degree black belt), Judo (1st degree black belt), and Aikido.  He also served as a flight dispatcher in the K-16th U.S. Army Aviation in Korea from 1996 to 1998.  He lives with his wife, Choyeon, and two sons, Eugene and Ayden.

 
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Dr. Karen Rickel

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Sport and Physical Education

School of Education
502 E. Boone Avenue
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3502
Fax: (509) 313-3482

Office Location
RC 144

Dr. Rickel was born and raised in the California Bay Area.  She moved to Spokane in 1992 and loves being in the Northwest and still plays "Let it Snow" the first snowfall of the year.  Her 4 siblings are all still in California, but she has gotten her parents to move to Poulsbo, Washington and enjoys having them closer.

Dr. Rickel received her Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Washington University, in Health and Wellness Promotion and her Master's and PhD in Education from the University of Idaho.  Most of her in-laws are here in Spokane and her husband is back at Gonzaga University as the women's golf coach.  Dr. Rickel and her husband have two daughters and enjoy spending time and playing together as a family.

 
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Dr. Jon Sunderland

Associate Professor

E. 502 Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-3509
Fax: 313-5485

Office Location
RC 203

Doctorate from the University of Oregon, MA and BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

 
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Dr. Diane Tunnell

Associate Dean, School of Education

Dean's Office
School of Education
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3479
Fax: (509) 313-5821

Office Location
Rosauer 203E

Dr. Diane (Doc) Tunnell is a true "Okie from Muskogee."  Born, raised, and educated in Oklahoma, she came to the northwest in 1987 looking for a place to call home.  Dr. Tunnell received her Bachelor's degree, a teaching certification, and Master's degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University.  She then began her teaching career and taught health and physical education in the K-12 system for the next 10 years.  During this time she was also afforded the opportunity to adjunct instruct at her alma mater.  This gave her the desire to return to school and persue a doctorate so that she could teach at the university level.  In 1994, she quit her teaching job and returned to school fulltime at Oklahoma State University where she received her doctorate.
She has just completed her teaching career of 25 years at Gonzaga and is now serving as the Associate Dean for the School of Education.

 

SOE - Teacher Education

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Dr. Deborah Nieding

Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and Program Director of Elementary Certification

E. 502 Boone
Gonzaga University
AD Box 025
Spokane, Washington 99258-0099

Phone: 509-313-3663
Fax: 509-313-3472

Office Location
RC 212

Office Hours
Office hours available by appointment.

Dr. Deborah Nieding is an Associate Professor at Gonzaga University in the Department of Teacher Education where she specializes in literacy instruction/assessment. Dr. Nieding has thirty-nine years teaching experience, ranging from elementary school to college graduate, and she has been at Gonzaga University for 22 years. Six of those years have been as an administrator serving as the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, as the Acting Dean for the School of Education, and as the Associate Academic Vice President. Dr. Nieding completed her Ph. D. from the University of Missouri. She has been on advisory boards for the Office of the Superintendent since 1997. Dr. Nieding is a member of the National Faculty and has published and presented her research at the local, national, and international levels. Dr. Nieding was an independent educational consultant in Canada and various states as well as on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico.

 
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Anny Case

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

AD Box 025

Office Location
RC 228

Anny Case received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  Prior to her doctoral studies she was an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) teacher in private and public schools in Utah.  As a high school teacher, she was involved in school-wide efforts to improve the educational opportunities for immigrant students.  She has taught English to children in Russia, to international students at Brigham Young University, and to refugees in Lansing, Michigan.  Anny enjoys traveling, cooking, music, writing, and considers herself an amateur techie.  Anny and her husband recently relocated to Spokane.

 
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Dr. Jonas Cox

Associate Professor

Gonzaga University
School of Education
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3505
Fax: (509) 313-3472

Office Location
RC 224

Office Hours
Office hours available by appointment.

I was born in Medford Oregon and raised in a small town in the Rouge Valley. I have lived in the Washington D.C. Area and Boston Massachusetts but call Oregon Home. I have had several occupations including Banking, Construction and Farm Management, prior to enrolling in the Masters of Arts and Teaching at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon. I taught elementary and middle school for 6 years before moving to Iowa where I completed my Ph.D. I enjoy researching the development of logical thought in children and have twice presented papers at the International Jean Piaget Society annual conference. The logical structures I study are those which underlie math and science concepts commonly taught in school including space, time, number and classification. I teach three classes here at Gonzaga including, Learning Theories, Instruction, Assessment and Technology in Mathematics and Elementary Math and Science methods.

 
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Catherine Dieter
Director of Field Experience, Lecturer

502 E Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3516
Fax: (509) 313-3491

Office Location
Rosauer 202C

Cathy Dieter is both a Lecturer and the Director of Field Experience for the department of Teacher Education. She received her B.A. in Education from Washington State University and M.A. in Literacy from Gonzaga University. Cathy taught at both the elementary and middle school level.  Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Certification for the School of Education for 12 years.   Any spare time, she loves spending with her family and friends.  She is learning to play golf, loves tennis and wine tasting.

 
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Suzann Girtz

Assistant Professor

714 East Boone
Rosauer Center for Education
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-3400

Office Location
RC 122

Dr. Suzann Girtz is an Assistant Professor at Gonzaga University in the Teacher Education department.  She specializes in research and assessment.  Suzann began her education career in the late 90's, teaching high school math and science in a local school district.  From 2005 on, Suzann has worked at GU's School of Education in a variety of capacities:  in the Department of Educational Leadership & Administration – traveling to BC and AB to teach inservice teachers at the graduate level, in the Teacher Education program – teaching preservice undergraduates and graduates, as well as acting as the School's Director of Assessment.  Suzann was awarded as an Emerging Leader of the ASCD as well as Outstanding Young Educator in Washington State, and regularly presents and publishes her research work across the professional community.  In addition, she works as a consultant in grant and program evaluation.

 
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Dr. Jennifer Nelson

Professor

502 E. Boone
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509 313-3507

Office Location
Rosauer 116

Office Hours
Office hours posted each semester.

I was born and raised in South Africa. I graduated from the University of Natal and taught history at the high school level for sixteen years. I received my Masters Degree in Education from Eastern Washington University and my Doctorate in Social Studies Education from Washington State University. I started teaching at Gonzaga University in 1991 where I specialize in both elementary and secondary social studies methodology. Teaching is my passion. When I am not involved in teaching or writing for publications, I play golf, tennis and racquetball. I also enjoy travelling and incorporate my travel experiences into the courses I teach.

 
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Kathleen Nitta

Lecturer-IR, Tchr Ed

AD Box 025

Office Location
RC 230

Kathy Nitta is a Lecturer at Gonzaga University in the Teacher Education department. She received her B.A. in Biology and M.A. in Educational Administration from Gonzaga University.  Kathy’s 26 years of math and science teaching experience includes 14 years at the middle/elementary level and 12 years and the secondary level.  At Gonzaga University, Kathy has served as an adjunct instructor for secondary mathematics methods. She joined the faculty as a fulltime lecturer with a focus of elementary math and science methods.  Kathy’s interests include the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola and experimenting with cooking by trying new recipes on family and friends.

 
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Dr. John Traynor

Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Master of Initial Teaching (MIT)

AD Box 025

Phone: 313 3632

Office Location
Rosauer 226

Office Hours
Office hours available by appointment.

Dr. John Traynor is an Assistant Professor at Gonzaga University in the Department of Teacher Education where he specializes in the Foundations of Education, Teaching in the Middle School and Jesuit Education.  John received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Political Science, went on to receive his Masters of Initial Teaching in Secondary Social Studies from Seattle University, and finally received his PhD in Culture Studies and Social Thought in Education from Washington State University.  Prior to coming to Gonzaga, John taught for nine years as a high school social studies teacher.    John is an avid outdoorsmen with passions for skiing, biking and fly fishing.