Dr. Mariah Goodall

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Biology Teacher, Head Coach for Girls' Volleyball

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PhD, Molecular Medicine, University of Maryland 2010
BS, Distinguished Graduate in Biology, Virginia Military Institute 2004

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A big congratulations 🎉 to Henry Sheets ‘21 on his acceptance to the @virginia_military_institute ! Also pictured is our Biology teacher Dr. Mariah Goodall, a 2004 graduate (and also one of VMI’s first female graduates) who brought in some of her old VMI gear to reminisce.

Dr. Goodall joined Gunston in 2015. She teaches 9th grade Biology, Honors Biology, Algebra 1, and Honors Algebra 1. In addition, she teaches AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and coaches Fitness. Mariah received her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia in 2004. After graduation, she headed to graduate school to pursue her interests in science research and received her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine with an emphasis on Cardiovascular Physiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2010. Her research explored cardiac signaling cascades that are upregulated during heart failure. She then completed her post-doctoral research at the same school, but in a different lab where she examined skeletal muscle injury and repair associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. During this time, she also taught Exercise Physiology and Biology Labs at Washington College. When she is not teaching, she takes every opportunity to enjoy spending quality time with her wonderful husband, son, and two daughters! She is an exercise enthusiast and loves starting her day with an early morning spin class on her Peloton bike. She also enjoys volleyball, being outside, gardening, and spending time near the water in the summer.

Students Study Brain Science to Better Understand Mental Health

When Dr. Mariah Goodall asked students in her Brain Science course to tap into their creative side for a project, they were happy to oblige. Listening to lectures, reading materials, watching videos, and then reinforcing that knowledge with a hands-on art project is a hallmark of Mind Brain Education (MBE) practice and leads to much higher outcomes of knowledge retention and understanding.

Head Volleyball Coach

7th Season at Gunston

This is Dr. Goodall’s first season coaching volleyball, however she previously coached fall, winter, and spring fitness, and winter strength and conditioning. She played volleyball throughout middle and high school teams as a setter, and organized and played on a club volleyball team in college. Dr. Goodall continues to play volleyball whenever possible with local recreational teams (both indoor and outdoor). Her coaching philosophy is: work hard, play harder, communicate, leave it all on the court, and most importantly have fun while learning skills for a sport you can continue to play and enjoy throughout the rest of your life no matter how old you get. She lives in Chestertown with her family.