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Top Teacher: Valerie Gordon - Columbia High School

WNYT Staff
Updated: March 02, 2022 02:16 PM
Created: February 19, 2022 12:50 PM

EAST GREENBUSH - In Valerie Gordon's art classroom at Columbia High School, the opportunities for growth are endless. 

"She believed in me, and I wouldn't be in painting if it wasn't for her. Here I am in a more advanced class because of her," said Sophia Hamilton, a senior at Columbia High School. 

Ms. Gordon has been teaching art for six years, and whether it be using a flat brush to make bold strokes, or delving into the world of complimentary colors, she makes art attainable for everyone. 

"I try to break things down as simple as possible, so the students who maybe don't have as much confidence can have some tools and tricks to bring in," she explained.

At a time when things feel so stressful, students say her classroom provides a much-needed sense of relief. 

"I look forward to coming to this class every day," said Allison Beattie, a junior at Columbia High School. "It's just so nice, and it makes my day go fast because I'm calmed down and stuff after." 

"It's really just peaceful in there. You can just express yourself through the art. Especially during the pandemic, like it really helps you express yourself," said Hamilton.

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