Influencing students through heartfelt relationships -- Heritage Elementary Teacher of the Year Mandy Gordon

 

Mandy Gordon with a student

 

An inspiring educator, a loving mother, and a master example — these are all accolades earned by Mandy Gordon, the Heritage Elementary Teacher of the Year. 

 

“Mandy has many qualities that make her an exceptional teacher,” described Heritage Principal Lance Robins. “She cares about students, parents, and fellow teachers. She is a talented, bright, and giving educator who is always willing to help or share her experience and expertise with others. She loves her third-grade team and will do anything for them.”

 

While being interviewed, a young student came up behind Mrs. Gordon and hugged her around the shoulders. Gordon quickly hugged back, even before spinning around to see who the surprise visitor was. She apologized for the interruption and lightheartedly explained, “I didn’t know if that was my own daughter or not! I have two girls here, but that was not one of them.” Gordon’s love for children goes beyond her own children or the students in her class — it is felt by anyone.

 

Mandy Gordon and students

 

Not only is she a devoted teacher and mom who loves her family, but Gordon is an active participant in many school committees and currently oversees the school’s master schedule. Principal Robins says he looks up to her example of sharing her time, resources, and kindness.

 

This kindness is the legacy that Gordon hopes to leave with her students. “I tell my kids on the last day of school, she said, “as I am trying not to cry, and as I pass them on to their next teacher--I tell them it is good to be good at math, write well, or be good at reading. But what is most important is they are a good person: that they are kind and respectful and they are problem solvers. I want them to remember me as someone who helped them be a good person.”

 

Heritage Elementary Teacher of the Year Mandy Gordon with Principal Lance Robins and board member Jeff Nielsen
Heritage Elementary Teacher of the Year Mandy Gordon with Principal Lance Robins and board member Jeff Nielsen