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Wendy Gordon

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Name: Wendy Gordon
School: Elon Elementary School
Grade/Subjects Taught: Library Media Specialist, Pre-K - 5

Experience:

2009-Present Library Media Specialist, Amherst County School District, VA           pre-K - 5

2006-2009 Licensed Teacher, Bedford County School District, VA                         grade 3     

1998-2006 Licensed Teacher, Clark County School District, NV                              grades 1, 2, 3

College/Degree:

  • Radford University, Radford, VA

Library Media Endorsement

  • Grand Canyon University, Las Vegas, NV

Literacy Endorsement

  • State University College at Buffalo, New York

Master of Science in Education

  • State University College at Buffalo, New York

Bachelor of Science in Education

  • Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, New York

Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts/Humanities

How do you live “Every Child, Every Day"?

I try to live my philosophy in the classroom and out. My goal for the students is for them to become responsible, productive, empathic and ethical citizens. Because the library has the opportunity to address many different SOLs, I am able to offer a wide variety of lessons along with the traditional library skills. I am in a unique position in the library which allows me to do that. I like to connect the real world to what I am teaching, and make it relevant to the students. I try to bring in local community members to help me do this. I am also fortunate to work with a supportive staff, which helps to make all of this possible.

These are some of the things I offer to the students as a part of “making it real”:

  • Presentations from veterans on Veterans Day
  • Annual Macy’s Believe letter writing campaign which supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Presentations from a local historical author to teach students about the history of Elon (which includes bringing antiques for the students to see and touch, bringing a sense of realism to the lesson)
  • Responsible pet ownership in conjunction with the Amherst Humane Society. This helps the students understand responsibility and empathy towards homeless pets. I want them to be empathetic towards all living creatures
  • Green Team, which is our recycling program (including markers). The program helps the students understand the need to cut down on the amount of waste that is thrown away. This helps to conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy. The three R's of recycling saves land and money, making it a win for their environmental future
  • Makerspace and Enrichment are also an integral part of real-world exploration. Skills learned through these activities can be applied in the job market. Our students need to be prepared to compete in a global market, and this is where it starts
  • VJS (Virtual Job Shadow) which is a career exploration program. This is now in place for all of the Library Media Specialists. It is my plan to follow up with some presentations from community members who have real life experience to share

I truly believe that every child deserves the best that we can give them. I want the students to know I care, and they can come into the library with a sense of belonging and safety. I like to talk “real talk” that they can count on.

All of these lessons are designed to mold citizens who are productive, responsible, empathetic, and ethical. That’s how I live every child, every day.

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