Meet our new Instructional Coach Mary Gordon!
"Currently I spend a couple days per week at my son's house with my two grand-babies to help with schoolwork and do 'crazy science' experiments (as my grandson calls them) while my son, Dan, works from home. Kylie just completed second grade; Tanner - K4. I love gardening, art-making, being outdoors, and, of course spending time with my family... and reading. I also enjoy biking (both motor and mountain bike).
I began my world-of-work as an artist/designer in 1983 with my BFA from MIAD. I worked as a designer and creative director at area firms, then freelance until 2015. I only do pro-bono design work now. During this time, I also taught creative problem-solving, typography, and design courses at MIAD, UW-M, and Cardinal Stritch University (respectively) as well as volunteered to provide in-classroom support and tutor at-risk learners at each of the schools my son attended.
Since earning my #801 Cross Categorical License from Stritch in 2012, I obtained five additional teaching licenses and earned my Master’s degree from Alverno College; my action research focused on Supporting Co-Teachers to Improve Inclusive Practice and Educator Effectiveness. I currently participate in courses as part of the Doctoral program in Language/Literacy at Cardinal Stritch University.
Over the past eight years, I have been assigned to six urban teaching positions, primarily as special education staff. In this role, I have supported caseloads of up to 28 students: I wrote their IEPs and reevaluations, progress-monitored annual goals, differentiated instruction and provided accommodations in the general education setting as well as supported new special education staff. Additionally, I co-taught courses ranging from English/Literature to History and Science at the High School and Middle School levels. I also acted as the Tier 3 reading interventionist, created and taught Comprehensive Literacy Seminar for Freshmen and Sophomore students as well as co-taught the Tier 2 intervention classes. My most recent teaching assignment was at MPS-Success Center working with at-risk students in grades 4-8. Above all else, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with everyone at Woods Elementary, and look forward to meeting each of you. "