Amanda Gordon received the 2nd annual Magnet Teacher of the Year for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and earned the opportunity to travel and attend the Magnet Schools of America national conference, which was recently held in Los Angeles, California.
Gordon is a product of Stokes County Schools and graduated from North Stokes in 2000 as valedictorian of her class. She went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received her BFA, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a teaching license.
“Attending the National Magnet Conference was a wonderful experience. It was my first visit to the state of California,” she said. “I stayed in downtown Los Angeles at the Bonaventure Westin Hotel and networked with educators from all over the United States.”
While there, Gordon said she met two of the real-life “Freedom Writers,” who were part of the actual classroom the 2007 movie was based on. She explained that in the movie, a new teacher connects with her students who are challenged by their home circumstances, but find a way to cope through writing about it.
“I collected all kinds of supply samples, information, and handouts that will be useful in my school and classroom. I attended sessions and workshops, including one with Living Rhythm, a group that teaches African drumming integrated into the curriculum and who are actually from Winston-Salem,” she said.
Gordon has been teaching for 13 years. She’s a National Board Certified Teacher, was the NC A+ Schools Teacher of the Year 2016 and the WSFC Arts Council Teacher of the Year 2016-2017. She spends much of her time as a mentor, teacher leader, school yearbook editor and Black History Month Chairperson.
Many of her students have won numerous ribbons for art work and displays at local fairs and exhibits.
Along with her work in the school system, Gordon is very active in the Stokes County Arts Council where she serves as Board Secretary and visual Arts Co-Chair. In July, she teaches a week of art camp for the arts council.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.