DMACC instructor named Adult Education and Literacy Educator of the Year
Gayle Gosch, a math and high school equivalency instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), has been named the 2019 Archie Willard Adult Education and Literacy Educator of the Year.
The annual award honors an adult education and literacy instructor for exemplary service through advocating, developing, implementing and teaching adult education in Iowa. Gosch received the award and was recognized today for her achievements during the 2019 HiSET Program/Iowa Adult Education and Literacy Summer Conference in Des Moines.
Recipients must have a minimum of 12 months experience working in an adult education and literacy program in the state of Iowa where they serve adult students who:
- lack sufficient mastery of basic education skills to enable them to function effectively on the job, in the family, and in society;
- do not have a secondary school diploma or its equivalent level of education; or
- are unable to speak, read or write the English language.
Gosch has been the primary go-to person in adult education at DMACC for nearly 15 years. In addition to her love for teaching, she has been instrumental in the launch of an adult education online learning platform and has developed systems and processes to keep students advancing through the program.
“When students need more support, just like in the classroom, Gayle has developed additional resources to meet students where they are and advances them in their learning,” said Eric Sundermeyer, associate director for adult education and literacy at DMACC. “She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible, accommodating and passionate.”
Colleagues recognized Gosch as the epitome of a lifelong learner who makes those around her stronger. While highly sought after as a math instructor for credit programs, she always keeps a course load for high school equivalency classes. This summer, she is diving deeper into the online learning platform and working to produce relevant, engaging videos and facilitating on-demand support for online learners. She is passionate about helping adult learners transition to school and finding ways to ensure their success.
Gosch holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master of science in education (M.S. Ed.) degree from the University of Houston. She has been with DMACC since 2004.
During her tenure as the 2019 Archie Willard Adult Education and Literacy Educator of the Year, Gosch will help shape the adult and literacy programs across the state by serving as a liaison for the Iowa Literacy Council and the Iowa Department of Education, participating in the state’s professional development committee, and representing Iowa next spring at the national Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference in Baltimore, Md.