Welcome to Our Family!

Let’s Succeed Together

Whatever changes you’re hoping to make or goals you’re trying to achieve, I’ll provide you with sound advice and professional guidance every step of the way. Take a look below and explore to see all that we can do together. The future is in your hands.

Go GoRDoNaToRs!

"Every great story has a beginning..."

"...the rest is still UNWRITTEN!"

(Billboard in NYC & Natasha Bedingfield)


"Miss Gordon, if I didn't have you as a teacher,
I wouldn't be a patriot because you taught me how to love my country, the United States of America!
And you, Miss Gordon, taught me that my classmates are now my Family and that I will have a connection with them my whole entire life."

~ Alex, 4G, June 2012

"Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” (Mister Rogers)

About Me

Choose Courage. Choose Glee.

If you have ever seen the hit television show, Glee, my students would tell you that I am the female version of Mr. Schuester, the life lesson teacher who connected best with his students through The Power of Music.  As Mr. Schue learned how to use the special language of words and music to speak straight to the hearts and minds of his students, he was able to help each of them find their own voice and discover their natural gifts and true talents, in pursuit of helping them to reach their maximum potential both inside and outside of the classroom at school.  Mr. Schuester did this in such a way that was personalized and meaningful to each of his students and took great pride in lifelong learning, a lesson which would last forever.

Some of my students would tell you that I am like Mary Poppins with her never-ending bag of tricks to help those in her care achieve academic and personal success.  Others would tell you that I am like Mister Rogers in the way that I am able to speak straight to a child’s heart and allow him or her to feel a sense of self-worth, validation, and belonging, and feel as if they are the only one in the room during a face-to-face conversation, even if they are surrounded by their peers.  Lastly, some of my students would tell you that I am like General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., a hero with a heart, who enjoys bringing diverse groups of people together through leadership and character development with a mission of improving both myself and those I serve.

A Muhlenberg College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a certification in Elementary Education, I have also taken coursework in Educational Administration at Long Island University’s Rockland Graduate Campus.  As a Lamar University online graduate student, I am currently studying Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling.  I have been teaching in the classroom for fifteen years and serving as a Cadet Candidate mentor for United States Military Academy at West Point, volunteering for the past eight years. I am new to the Autism on the Seas Staff Volunteer Family and a National Geographic Certified Educator-in-training who is also learning how to become a Certified Autism Travel Professional so that I am able to share my lifelong love of road trip travel and world cruise experience with families of all kinds, including those with special needs. 

As an Academic Life Coach, DreamBuilder ® Coach, Life Mastery Consultant, Zumbini, Zumba Kids + Jr.,

Zumba Basic for Adults and Zumba Gold licensed instructor for special needs, wheelchairs, senior citizens, and wounded warriors, etc., it is my hope to help civilian and military families achieve full spectrum wealth in the areas of health, family and relationships, vocation, and time and money freedom, helping them become the best they can be.

My experience with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Character Development Program and attending the Medal of Honor Legacy summer graduate program at Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge taught me how to teach lessons of bravery, personal courage, strength, and resilience while using real-life learning videos and stories to look through the lens of our Young Citizen Heroes, Citizen Honors, and, of course, our Medal of Honor Recipients, the recipients of our nation’s highest military honor and recognition for valor.  I look forward to connecting children, young adults, veterans, and military heroes through The Power of Music, inspirational quotations, personal stories, life lessons and leadership to instill an appreciation of service and a love of lifelong learning.


Professional Goals

Create. Imagine. Succeed.

Professional Goal #1

To grow and evolve with my current and former students of all ages, through graduate coursework and self-study in the areas of self-development, personal growth, and values-based leadership in order to learn new skills and gain knowledge to help all of us reach and achieve our maximum potential (children, adults, senior citizens)

Academic Life Coach.

Life Mastery Consultant.

The Power of Music.

Together at the Top

Professional Goal #2

To learn and incorporate lessons for civilian and military families from the Military Child Education Coalition’s network of resources, including Helping Military Children Discover Their S.P.A.R.C. (Strength, Potential, Aspirations, Resourcefulness, Confidence), which can be incorporated into civilian and military communities of all ages

To serve as a mentor for Troops To Teachers and help our nation’s greatest service heroes and wounded warriors with their transition from military to civilian life

Teach. Live. Love. Inspire. Serve. Values.


Professional Goal #3

To create a leadership program for children and young adults, centering around the leadership principles and character ethics taught in the United States Constitution and at the United States Military Academy at West Point, in collaboration with real-life

role models and military heroes in all branches of our armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), honored veterans, The Corps of Cadets, The Long Gray Line of West Point Graduates, Young Citizen Heroes, Citizen Heroes, and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients, which includes the 12 Leadership Virtues of West Point: Compassion, Courage, Dedication, Determination, Dignity, Integrity, Loyalty, Perseverance, Responsibility, Service, Trust and can be incorporated into academics and personal life

Duty. Honor. Country.

US Army Soldier in Universal Camouflage

Personal Strengths

◆ Creative education professional, self-starting entrepreneur and          motivating team leader with fifteen years of teaching experience

◆ Empathetic and sensitive caregiver who uses social-emotional learning, emotional intelligence, relational intelligence, growth mindset, personal development, life lessons, leadership, character development and the power of music at the heart of every lesson

◆ Focuses on real-life teaching and learning experiences dedicated to looking through the lens of social studies and our nation’s history with pride and patriotism for genuine role models and service heroes

◆ Interactive and multi-sensory hands-on teaching and learning style with a deep appreciation for the beauty of our national treasures and world history through virtual travel and personal journeys via air, land, and sea, specializing in real-life learning adventures and scavenger hunts with special needs students

◆ Servant leader and passionate mentor for all ages who has excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to connect with audiences in a variety of trades and industries

Chalkboard Drawings

Educational Outreach & Learning Initiatives

Raising Hands

Student-Centered Objective #1

To specialize in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), 21st Century Learning Skills, life lessons, leadership and character development with a focus on social studies, citizenship, and creative problem-solving infused into all subject areas and to foster a sense of team-building and belonging with students of all ages and ability levels (children and young adults, college students and millennials, adults and senior citizens), their families, and communities at large

Startup Development Team

Student-Centered Objective #2

To connect children and young adults, college students and millennials, adults and senior citizens, and their differentiated learning styles and learning needs with real-life role models, veterans, and military heroes through travel and virtual fieldtrips, The Power of Music, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Character Development Program (to teach courage, integrity, sacrifice, commitment, and citizenship), inspirational quotations, personal stories, life lessons, and Leadership and to assist in the creation of such programs for families and community stakeholders. (includes: using materials from Operation Autism, Exceptional Military Families in all branches of service, the Military Child Education Coalition, and TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing: trauma informed instruction and resilience-building, which can be applied to both civilian and military families and communities)


Favorite Quotes

"To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing.  What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour." 

(Sir Winston Churchill)

“Anyone can be cool, but AWESOME takes practice.”

(Lorraine Petersen)

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

(Dolly Parton)

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.


(George Bernard Shaw)

“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.”

(Elvis Presley)

“All dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

(Walt Disney)

“Timing is everything.” (Trace Adkins)

“To The World you may be One Person, but to One Person you may be The World.” (Author Unknown)

Book Stack

Academy of Achievement - Learning Resources

The Academy of Achievement brings students face-to-face with extraordinary leaders, the visionaries and the pioneers who have helped shape our world.

Academy of Achievement -  Self Growth - Personal Development - Real Life Role Models and Mentors - Keys to Success

 The Arts, Business, Creative Writing, Dance, Film Making, Media Entrepreneurs, Olympian Athletes, Science and Exploration 

Military Service, Public Service, Sports: something for everyone.

What Legacy will you create?

You have The Power to be a SUCCESS!

Your future starts NOW.

"Every great story has a beginning..."

"...the rest is still UNWRITTEN!"

(Billboard in NYC & Natasha Bedingfield)

iHeartRadio - Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020

High School Seniors Sing National Anthem at Virtual 'Graduate Together' NBC Event (2:09)

High School to College: Road Map for Success

What Legacy will you create?


The Power of Music

"Where words fail, music speaks." Hans Christian Andersen


"Above all, be the HERO of your own life."

(Nora Ephron)

The Lucky Bamboo (inspirational story) - Les Brown (2:40)

"Life Is A Highway" - Tom Cochrane (original video) (4:28)
lyrics video: (4:30)

Rascal Flatts - Cars movie (video) (5:06)

"I Lived" - Glee Cast sings One Republic (3:32)

lyrics video: (3:54)

"My House" - KIDZ BOP & Harlem Globetrotters (3:37)

printable words:

“Happy” – Pharrell Williams (official video) (4:06)

lyrics video: (3:50)

Kidz Bop version (3:32)

printable words:

​“Heroes (We Could Be)” – Alesso [feat. Tove Lo]

lyrics video: (3:30)

Kidz Bop version (3:17)

printable words:

"A Spoon Full of Sugar" - Mary Poppins (4:18)

lyrics video: (4:08) 

printable words:

The Sound of Music - "Do Re Mi" (1965) (2:18) (1:59)

lyrics video: (5:16)

printable words:

"Forever Young" - Mr. Schuester: Glee Cast Graduation Album (1:47)

lyrics video: (3:54)

printable words: 

"Pledge of Allegiance" - Lee Greenwood (Tribute To A Great Nation) (2:26)

printable words: 

"Proud To Be An American" - Lee Greenwood (3:25)

printable words:

American Soldier Tribute (3:22)

Home Free a cappella group performs at Mount Rushmore

for Veterans Everywhere... (4:02)

"Humble and Kind" - Tim McGraw

official video: (4:29)

lyrics video: (4:19)

printable words:

"Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield

lyrics video: (3:56)

printable words:

-- Coronavirus Global Pandemic --

Maslow Before Bloom: Meeting Our Students' and Our Own Needs in A Global Pandemic

Ohio Council for the Social Studies Virtual Presentation Resource Guide

This session will go beyond talking about self-care to literally engaging participants in self-care practices and techniques. This escape will include happiness, global music videos, guided meditation, and a mini-dance party that you won’t want to miss. See you there!

“The Maslow Before Bloom presentation was well done, interesting. You managed to get some pretty heavy information across in between some fun Mr. Rogers-hugging soda machines; from Einstein to Pharrell Williams dancing to “Happy”, you mixed in some light hearted interludes with the deep aspects of your topic.

Continued success with your educational efforts!” ~ Barbara K., virtual presentation participant

Crayola creatED Social-Emotional Learning

gratitude journal prompts

teen coloring pages

How To Explain The Coronavirus to Kids - Trevor Romain (6:35)

social-emotional podcast

You are NOT alone. I am here.

"You Will Be Found" - James Corden introduces Ben Platt and Dear Evan Hansen Virtual Choir (6:38)

"Let it Be" - West Point cover for Coronavirus | West Point Band with Cadets from US Military Academy (4:29)

Family Home Chats: Healthy Conversation Starters During Coronavirus Pandemic

Talking To Your Kids About Race - National Geographic Family

A Guide for Teens (Children & Young Adults, too) -

A Book List to Inspire Young Readers in Challenging Times -

The Most Inspiring Speech: The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life - Rick Rigsby (10:21)

Family Activities With Little or No Technology Access

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy - Question Starters 
For K-Grade 6 Students
For Grade 7-High School Students

Academic Life Coaching - Detailed Program Information   (or)

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