Mr. Goodsell brings a broad experience to the table. He received a B.S. in Geography from Brigham Young University in 1981, with minors in Economics and Mexican-American Studies. In 2005 he received a M.A. in Special Education from California State University, Los Angeles, with emphasis in Multicultural/ Multilingual education.
He began his teaching career with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) in 1990. He has worked in all of LACOE’s divisions, teaching students with severe physical disabilities and with moderate disabilities, as well as in the juvenile court schools, and in independent study. From 2002-2016 he taught students with autism, and students diagnosed as emotionally disturbed. He claims that last year, teaching at LACHSA, was the best year he has ever had, and expects this year to be even better. He is amazed every day at the talent and insight of his students, and is committed to helping them excel.
Mr. Goodsell holds two California teaching credentials and one certificate:
-- Education Specialist Instruction Credential, for Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disabilities
--Single Subject Teaching Credential, for Social Science
--Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate
In his youth, Mr. Goodsell spent his winters living in Los Angeles (where his grandparents moved in 1923), and his summers on the family farm on the Idaho side of the Grand Teton Mountains. He considers both places “home.” This upbringing gave him an understanding and appreciation of both urban and rural life and experiences, for architecture, and for nature. As an adult he chose Los Angeles as his permanent home because of the moderate winters, the vibrancy of the city, and the wealth of cultural opportunities.
When away from LACHSA, Mr. Goodsell enjoys spending time with his partner Milton, their family, their 2 cats, and their dog. His hobbies include genealogical research, travel, photography, hiking, and attending concerts and theater.