Evolution of Scientific Thought
After receiving his B.A. in Biology from the University of Michigan in 1966, he began teaching science to grades 7-9 in Kalamazoo Public Schools. In 1970, he began a 16-year teaching position with Portage Public Schools, during which time he attained his M.A. in Biology and a Specialist Degree in Life Science, both from Western Michigan University. In 1977, he was presented the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Science Teachers Association.
In 1986 Dr. Goudie was one of the original three staff members of the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center. In 1988, he received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. Educational leadership has always been the hallmark of John's teaching career. His workshop subjects for enriching science teachers have included techniques in electrophoresis, chromatography, biomedical science, radiation biology, molecular biology, microbiology, and even the use of the electron microscope at the high school level.
Some of his most significant awards include:
1997 Michigan Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching
Kalamazoo County Significant Educator Awards in 1987, 1990-1995
1993 Outstanding Teacher Award from the Michigan Society of Medical Researchers
Michigan Science Teacher Association's 1995 Science Teacher of the Year Award
1995 Tandy Academic Scholar Award
1995 Access Excellence Award
1995 Milken Family National Educator Award
1995 Michigan Education Association Excellence in Teaching Award. 2004 Regional Michigan Science Teacher of the Year
He is active in the summer, teaching summer workshops at KAMSC & Western Michigan University and is a past board member of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.