Hello, my name is Mr. Gommel. This is my twentieth year in the Oceanside Unified School District. I have taught in Oceanside my whole teaching career. My first year, I taught a third and fourth grade combo class. And the last eighteen years, I have taught fourth grade. This year is my first year teaching second grade. I am excited to be teaching a new grade level. I have also made a difference in the lives of many of my students over these years and I look forward to doing the same this year as well.
My educational philosophy is to be a life long learner and grow as a teacher every year learning all the time, through professional developments, staff meetings, team meetings, and online courses. This will continue to sharpen my skills as a teacher and to stay abreast of current and relevant teaching methods or pedagogy. And in turn, this will help me to teach my students the best I can, so they can be ready for the future and be what ever they want to be in the global market.
When I graduated high school, I immediately went into the armed forces and served four years in the United States Marine Corps. I was able to experience traveling to a number of countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. I was able to experience the culture, touring each place, and seeing what life was like in these places. I can look back on this valuable time and use the experience I learned and bring it into my classroom to help students broaden their knowledge of the world.
After leaving the Marines, I used my G.I. Bill to help pay for most of my college expenses. I went to a local college here in San Diego North County, Palomar College, and majored in general studies, learning everything from anthropology, biology, history, to name a few. I then transferred to California State University San Marcos and majored in liberal studies which is basically like general studies at Palomar College. After graduating from San Marcos, I continued there for one more year to get my teaching credential.
While I was in the teaching credential program at Cal State San Marcos, I was placed in a kindergarten classroom for the first semester to begin my student teaching. This was very helpful to me because I was able to see first hand how demanding kindergarten teachers work very hard with such young five year old students. I was placed at the other end of the spectrum at the elementary level, fifth grade, for my second semester. I student taught at a visual performing arts school in Vista (VAPA).
My hobbies include sight seeing, hiking, playing any and every sport, and going to sports games. I am a season ticket holder for the San Diego Padres, and I love going to baseball games with my ten year old son. We've been going to baseball games since he was three years old. I use to go the Charger's game all the time too, but not any more.
At a San Diego Padres game
Mt. Gorgonio next to Big Bear Lake (the highest peak in Southern, CA) 4 hour hike starting @ 6k ft
At an Arizona Diamondbacks game in Phoenix, Arizona this past summer.
At an Oakland A's Game 2016
My family is really important to me. My wife is a kindergarten teacher in the Escondido Unified School District with over twenty years of teaching kindergarten, and she is bilingual as well. I have two children, ages nine and eleven. One of the things they really love is school. And I just love that so much. They're so excited to go to school every morning and they're ready to learn. One of the things I love to do with my family so much is go on trips during the summer breaks. This past summer we spent a week in Kona, Hawaii and went on a road trip to see thirteen California Missions driving all the way up the gorgeous California coast. Last year we went to beautiful Sedona, Arizona and visited the Grand Canyon.
Mission San Luis Obispo
I love technology and I try to incorporate it as much as possible, especially Google Classroom and anything Google. Here's a link to my son's fourth grade project we took last summer to thirteen of the twenty-one California Missions using the application ThinkLink.