Goar, John

Hello My Name Is...

John Goar

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Here's a little bit about me.

I teach freshman physical science and run the Astronomy Club at NKHS.

This is my fourth year at NKHS.  Previously, I taught at Kingston Middle School where I taught 8th grade science and/or math.  This is my 34th year teaching.  I am married to Leatha. We have two daughters:

   Allison - A graduate of NKHS and of Western Washington University, she finished her master's degree at Colorado State University and is now on the faculty in the Ethnic Studies Department.

   Julia -  A graduate of KHS and University of Montana.  She is working on her masters degree.

I graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley -- 1983 -- with majors in Botany & Ecology.  I was in the Cal Band.

I won a Golden Acorn award in 1999. 

I have donated over 32 gallons of whole blood and platelets in my life.

I rode a bicycle across the USA twice.  Have been to 46 states and 5 foreign countries.

I am a certified Master Observer (telescopes) by the Astronomical League.

I am a member of the Olympic Astronomical Society (

I build and operate large aperture Dobsonian telescopes which are available for public viewing.

In 2018, I traveled to Chile to become an ambassador for American astronomy interests in that country as part of the ACEAP (Astronomy in Chile Educators Ambassador Program).

I enjoy music, chess, bicycling & chocolate.  I can play saxophone.

My favorite authors are Mark Twain, S.M. Stirling, and Sherman Alexie.

My favorite scientist is Gregor Mendel.  William Herschel was pretty cool, too.

I had the honor of teaching 
Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day) 9th grade pre-algebra in the late '80s.

I will lead a telescope outreach program at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in the summer of 2019.  That will be the 10th year that I have run the outreach program.  In 2016, I won the George & Helen Hartzog Outstanding Volunteer Service Award from the National Park Service.

I have a website dedicated to my telescope activities.  It is 


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