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Robert R. Gotwals, Jr, MS.Ed. (born March 28, 1955) is an American chemistry educator, Braille transcriber, and sign language interpreter, currently working as an chemistry instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina.
Gotwals was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, he attended Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School, Stetson Junior High School, and Henderson HIgh School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. As a young man, he was active in the boys choir at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church under the direction of Dr. Harold Gilbert. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America, advancing to receive the Eagle Scout award on December 10, 1970. He was also inducted into the Order of the Arrow and work as a camp counselor at the Horseshoe Scout Reservation near Oxford, Maryland. During his childhood, his family enjoyed camping and boating on the Chesapeake Bay near Northeast, Maryland. His father was a banker at the First National Bank of West Chester, and his mother was an elementary school teacher. Bob has one sister, Karen Louise Gotwals, now married and living in Princeton, West Virginia.
He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from East Carolina University in 1982. While completing his undergraduate studies, Gotwals received a MS in Science Education from the University of Rochester in New York and the Rochester Institute of Technology. His graduate degrees are in both K-12 science education and education of the hearing impaired.
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In December 1984, Gotwals married Kimberly Blankenbaker, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia and a graduate of William and Mary. . They have two children: Emily Gotwals, aged 23, a philosophy graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Andrew "Drew" Gotwals, aged 16.