Amesbury, Massachusetts, US

Robert Goetschke grew up in the Mahopac neighborhood of New York City. Robert Goetschkes attended SUNY Oneonta and majored in history, economics, and foil fencing. Following graduation, Robert Goetschkes spent 2.5 years in the United States Peace Corps in Tonga then enlisted in the United States Coast Guard during Gulf War I, where he served honorably for 11 years. Robert Goetschkes then got a Master of Arts in Elementary Education with a Field Endorsement in Secondary Social Sciences, which prepared him to teach for the next 25 years. Robert Goetschke also spent five years volunteering with the Red Cross Disaster Services Department and working as an aquarium diver at Henry Doorly Zoo.