Tish (Buerki) Dimick, Class of 1979 and a 35-year career Goddard District FACs Teacher is an All American. In the top 10% of her class she was All State in both Basketball and Volleyball her senior year. She also ran track, was a KAY member and the National Honors Society President. Tish grew close to her Home Economics teacher, Eloyese Frazee and was able to coach alongside her mentor Paul Labrue. She was the first Goddard woman athlete to receive a full ride Athletic Scholarship. She played one year at University of Columbia and graduated from Friends University in 1984. She played basketball and volleyball all 4 years and was All-Conference in volleyball 3 years and All-Conference in basketball 4 years, All-Academic all 4 years as well.
Tish came back to Goddard in 1984 and taught as a Family and Consumer Science Teacher until 2019. Her teaching philosophy was “To teach students lifelong skills used in everyday living, that goes beyond the classroom.” During her tenure she coached Volleyball for 26 years, Basketball for 14 years and Track for 6 years. One of many ways she and her husband Ken were involved in serving others was through the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) they did everything from play BINGO with Assisted Living residents to helping with the annual Sock and Mitten Drive with the Lions Club. Tish taught her students what it meant to give back by having them help sew Kindergarten seat covers, Salvation Army Christmas socks, and bags for the assisted living residents they visited. She made a huge difference for both the Susan Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society by raising over 50K for breast cancer awareness after defeating it in her own life. In the end she said, “I have been going to school every August for 53 years, 48 of those were in Goddard!”