Robert Goetschke is a teacher, coach, mentor, and community servant. A product of the suburban New York City community of Mahopac, he studied history, economics, and foil fencing at SUNY Oneonta. After graduation, Goetschkes served in US Peace Corps Tonga for 2.5 years and Enlisted in US Coast Guard during Gulf War I, where he served honorably for 11 years.
Robert then earned a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a Field Endorsement in Secondary Social Sciences, leading him to teach for 25 years. For five years, he also served in the Red Cross Disaster Services Department and was an aquarium diver at Henry Doorly Zoo. He then earned a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a Field Endorsement in Secondary Social Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Omaha – which led him to teach for 25 years (7th grade world history and 8th grade geography). For five years (2015-2020), Robert also served as Coordinator of Volunteer Services & Manager of Special Events at American Red Cross Nebraska-Southwest Iowa Chapter; while simultaneously serving as an Aquarium Diver at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.