Alexander Goss '13
Most people who become teachers credit their own past teachers as their inspiration and as strong driving forces behind their success. This was surely the case for Alex Goss in his path towards education.
Alex, who comes from Milton, Vt., was first inspired to pursue a teaching career by his high school AP literature teacher in his senior year. The Socratic classroom setting encouraged debate and analytical thinking to support arguments. It was a style Alex had not encountered until then, and one in which he thrived.
After a year of attending the Community College of Vermont, Alex decided to come to GMC. Though he had envisioned himself in a more urban setting, Alex was won over by excellent professors like Laird Christensen (English) and Joel Shapiro (education). Alex was impressed by Laird’s broad scope of knowledge and his ability to draw insight and meaning from the environment.
With a double major in English Education and Creative Writing, Alex is enthusiastic about teaching through dialogue instead of traditional instruction. This progressive style was fortified by professor Tom Mauhs-Pugh and his course, The Philosophy of Education, especially his lessons on Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
“I've learned that a strong dialogue encourages learning far more than lecturing,” he said.
Alex wants to instruct his future students predominantly by teaching them how to write analytically and effectively. He believes strongly in the importance of the environment in people’s lives and futures and thinks that writing is the best way to teach students about its significance.
Alex’s own personal writing leans towards the satirical, blending humor and criticism, which alleviates the tension that results from his darker themes. Like most of Alex’s favorite teachers that use humor to provoke analysis, he intends to incorporate such methods in his own career.
“Humor is important in distraction and analysis,” he believes. Humor can distract from pain and suffering or draw the eye to what is being overlooked. This style of dark humor and criticism is evident in his current project, Whiteface, a piece of historical non-fiction.
Alex uses his writing skills as chief editor of “The Reverie,” GMC’s literary journal that showcases Green Mountain students’ work. He has first hand experience with literary journals, having interned in 2010 for the second issue of “The Salon,” the literary journal published by the Honeybee Press (the cover of that issue was also a photo taken by GMC’s own professor Kevin Bubriski). Alex is also co-president of Education Club with fellow education major Carlie Guanine.
Education is Alex's passion, and he hopes that it will one day lead him to either a seat in office fighting for educational reform, or at a progressive college molding the minds of future leaders and influencers.
By Sara Bishop '16