DIXON – A Dixon native has spent the past 5 years getting his teaching skills down to a science, and it’s paid off.
Now he’s gone from behind the teacher’s desk to behind the assistant principal’s.
Bob Gosch took over as Fulton High School’s assistant principal Aug. 1. He also serves as the school’s athletic director.
That’s a pretty good fit for a man who loves helping kids and loves sports.
“I decided to get into education because I enjoy helping kids,” Gosch, 29, said. “I enjoy helping people work together to solve problems and passing this knowledge along to students.”
He’s no stranger to high school sports, having not only spent time on the track and on the court, but wearing the whistle too, as a coach.
Gosch graduated in 2006 from Dixon High School, where he was in track for 4 years and played basketball for 2 years. He earned his bachelor’s in biology and a master’s in education from Western Illinois University.
Prior to working at Fulton High, Gosch worked at ROWVA High School in Oneida, where he taught junior high and high school science for the past 5 years. He also spent 2 years as assistant track coach and varsity girls basketball coach.
Gosch said coaching allows him to interact with kids on a different level.
“Instead of seeing the students for 85 minutes every other day, I would work with them for an additional 2 hours at the end of the day,” he said. “That allowed me to get to know them better and figure out ways to help them be successful in and out of the classroom.”
Gosch said being a coach also helped him understand all the different IHSA rules and regulations.
“Everything from concussions to filling out different forms for participation, I had a pretty good knowledge of things that need to get done before a season,” he said.
Fulton High Principal Chris Tennyson said Gosch has been a great fit for the school.
“He has been eager to learn his responsibilities,” Tennyson said. “The fact that he has a science background is nice, because he is able to work with science and math teachers.”
Tennyson said Gosch had a terrific energy during the interview process.
“He came across as passionate about Fulton and wanted to get heavily involved in the high school,” Tennyson said.
The two also supervise the cafeteria together every day. and Tennyson said Gosch has been great at getting to know the students, especially athletes.
Gosch said the school year is going well so far and staff and students have made him feel at home.
“We had a great start to football and volleyball,” Gosch said. “It has been fun meeting the students and everyone has been very welcoming.”
“Classroom-wise, I am excited to see all the different activities and ideas that our teachers have,” Gosch said. “We have a great staff.”
Away from work, Gosch loves being home and spending time with his wife, Kelly – a native of Morrison – and 3-year-old daughter Evelyn. He’s a big sports fan and plays recreational sports in his free time – and just like his favorite NFL team, the Chicago Bears, Gosch is ready to bear down and get to work.