Paula Gossard has a BA in Chemistry, a BS in Oceanography, a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, and a PhD in Science Education (Earth and Environmental Sciences). Discovering a love of middle school students and teaching while leading a middle school youth group during college, she also earned a California Teaching Certificate and embarked on a 31-year career teaching science and math, primarily in Christian schools, also serving as an administrator at Christian schools in Kodiak, Alaska and Fairfax, Virginia. Most recently, she has been teaching science and education courses at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA where she is currently the Acting Dean of the School of Education. Paula 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, Paula enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading, and cooking.