About Mr. Goodenough......
I was born and grew up in San Jose, CA, where I lived until I went away to the University of California at Davis for college when I was 18 years old. I entered college as a General Biology major but quickly understood I wanted to switch my major to Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology because I have always had a passion for the wildlife and the environment. While in college I was able to join the rowing team, where my hard work and dedication ultimately transformed my life and my outlook. I learned that nothing was impossible and if you really do work hard enough at something, you will succeed.
I had the privilege of gaining quite a bit of hands on environmental experience while in college and soon after I graduated. I was able to take quite a few classes where I spent the summers living in various field camps in California learning different research and sampling techniques. During the summer and fall of 2007, I was selected through a rigorous selection process for an Endangered Species Management Internship through the Student Conservation Association in Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii. After I completed the internship, I returned to Davis and finished my degree while working for a local US Forest Service office analyzing data from previous fieldwork. After graduation I was offered a spot on a US Forest Service research team in the Lake Tahoe area where we conducted small mammal population research studies looking at the effects of forest fire suppression in populated areas.
After the position with the Forest Service ended, I moved to Portland, OR with my girlfriend (now wife), Emily, so she could earn her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University. After working in a few various positions for awhile, I began the Graduate Teacher Education Program and the Master's in Education Program at Portland State University. While I was going through the program, I was also the head coach of the Portland State rowing team. In only my second year as head coach, one of the women's boats I coached won a national championship at the American Collegiate Rowing Association regatta at Lake Lanier, GA. Moving to the Seattle area has been a great change us and before the 2014/2015 school year I was humbled by being offered a position at Skyline High School in Sammamish, WA.
Outside of school and the classroom I like to be very active. I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors through hiking, backpacking, fishing, and rowing. I also like to spend time with my friends, family, and pets as well as traveling as much as possible. Over the last few years, Emily and I (with various friends and family along the way) have been fortunate enough to travel to Spain, France, Monaco, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and most of the Western US.
We have two pets: Max (the cat) and Jake (the dog).
Book: Boys in the Boat, The Monkey Wrench Gang, Assault on Lake Casitas
Movie: The new Batman movies
TV Show: Seinfeld
Food: Peanut butter Snickers & watermelon
Beverage: Arnold Palmer (1/2 ice tea, 1/2 lemonade)
Coffee Drink: Americano
Vacation spot: Eagle Lake, CA (I've been nearly every summer since I was 1 year old!)
Sports teams: SF Giants, SF 49ers, San Jose Sharks and the Portland Timbers
Exercise activity: Rowing