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Emory Gordon, 6th Grade Teacher, Grimes Elementary School

Mr. Gordon has been a teacher in the Mount Vernon City School District since 2004 when he was hired as a 6th grade teacher at William H. Holmes Elementary School. Mr. Gordon served in this role until 2016, when he became at 5th grade teacher at Grimes Elementary School.

During his time at William H. Holmes, Mr. Gordon served as the lead teacher for Mathematics. In this role, he would receive professional development training and new curriculum shifts. Mr. Gordon would then turnkey the new material to the rest of the school’s teaching staff. This resulted in him becoming the unofficial math coach of the building providing assistance to any teacher needing further clarification/training.

Mr. Grimes is a product of the Mount Vernon City School District. He attended Pennington-Grimes Elementary, A.B. Davis Middle School, and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1999.

Mr. Gordon received his bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey before completing his Masters of Education degree from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Mr. Gordon’s master’s degree is in Early Childhood Education, with an extension in teaching Students with Disabilities. As a result of his studies, he has attained four teaching certifications: Grades 1-6, Grades 1-6 with disabilities, Grades birth-2nd, Grades birth-2nd with disabilities.

He is currently completing his Advanced Dual Certification Program through SUNY Stony Brook, which provides certifications in School Building Leadership (SBL) and School District Leadership (SDL).

“I love teaching. For me, it's not just a profession, but a vocation,” said Mr. Gordon. “If I have to pick one favorite part, it would be the opportunities I have to facilitate lifelong growth in my students by giving them the tools to not only succeed academically, but to see and embrace their vast potential in all areas of their lives.”