In December, Krista Gosch graduated from PSU with a degree in education. In January, she took over a fifth grade classroom at Webb City Middle School.
Krista’s story is not unusual. In fact, it would have been surprising if she hadn’t attended Pitt State and if she hadn’t decided to become a teacher. A fifth-generation Gorilla, Gosch also comes from a long line of teachers.
“It runs in the family,” Gosch said.
The family’s PSU legacy began soon after the university was founded, Gosch said, when her great, great grandfather, Clyde O. Davidson, attended what would eventually become Pittsburg State. In ensuing years, more of the family followed. Gosch’s grandfather played on the 1961 national championship football team and an uncle played on the 1991 national championship football team.
“We attend a lot of football games,” Gosch said.
Gosch’s father, Brett, is a PSU grad, but her mother, Carin, is a University of Central Missouri alumna.
“We’ve made her an honorary Gorilla,” Gosch laughed. “She was a Mule, but has come to love this place as much as the rest of us.”
Many of Gosch’s family members are or have been teachers and she said she knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age.
“A gentleman came up to me one time and told me my grandfather (a school administrator) had saved his life by believing in him when he was a student,” Gosch recalled. “If I can make that kind of impact on a child’s life, that would be amazing.”