My Name Is

My Name Is: Kendra Gothard

Wheat Ridge High School teacher a coach and mentor

Posted 7/2/18

About Me I’m a Colorado native who has lived in Golden through middle school — I attended Kyffin Elementary and Bell Middle School. I moved to Wheat Ridge in high school and attended Vanderbilt …

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My Name Is

My Name Is: Kendra Gothard

Wheat Ridge High School teacher a coach and mentor

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About Me

I’m a Colorado native who has lived in Golden through middle school — I attended Kyffin Elementary and Bell Middle School. I moved to Wheat Ridge in high school and attended Vanderbilt University for college where I double majored in math and secondary education and played soccer there.

I married David Gothard and we have three kids, Addison, Brecken and Caden.

I’ve lived in Arvada since 2007 and been a math teacher at Wheat Ridge for 12 years.

In my free time

I’m the assistant coach for girls and boys soccer at Wheat Ridge, and I enjoy hanging out with my family, all of whom are within 5 miles of us. I also spend a lot of time running after my kids and watching their sports.

I love being outdoors doing things like hiking, biking and camping and fitness activities like lifting and running.

Honestly, I don’t have a ton of free time — maybe when my kids are a little older.

A love for teaching

I knew before I graduated from Wheat Ridge that I wanted to return to both teach and coach there. The school is such a special place that is full of community and tradition and I hope that I never have to teach at another school.

As cliche as it sounds, I wanted to become a teacher because I love people and I truly believe that as a teacher I have the opportunity and honor to change and pour into my students’ lives on a daily basis. I chose math, as silly as it sounds, because lots of people dislike it, and when they dislike it they really dislike it. I thought if maybe they liked me, I could get them to maybe like math too - or at least tolerate it.

Of course, I also enjoy math myself (which is necessary when you do it all day every day).

My favorite thing is that I get to build strong relationships with students and I have the chance to impact their life each and every day. I cannot imagine doing anything else.

Being recognized by Boettcher scholar Joe Whitney

I was lucky because I had him as a freshman and then was able to remain connected to him for the next three years. His junior and senior year he was my teacher assistant so he helped me grade papers and tutor students, which was awesome.

However, what was the best about him being a teaching assistant is it just gave us time together to talk, encourage each other, and just do life. Joe is an incredible student, an amazing athlete, and the most humble and kind individual. His high character is truly what sets him apart in my mind.

Joe has had a great deal of high quality teachers throughout his life. For him to nominate me is humbling and is just a great reminder to me that what I do every day truly does matter.

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