Meet the Arts Team

As an A+ & Magnet School, we are fortunate enough to have a full team of Arts and Specialist Teachers.  All our students grades Kindergarten through Fifth grade work with all Specialist Teachers and see every Specialist once a week.  Students show what they learn in the Arts classes through art exhibits, performances, musicals, concerts, competitions, showcases, 5K races, projects, and more.  All our Specialist teachers are experts in their field and also tutor, train, coach, or perform outside of their regular teaching career.  Our Arts Team received the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award in 2013.  They also received a district award for an outstanding Black History Program in 2014.  

Mrs. Amanda A Gordon
Mrs. Amanda Gordon serves as our A+ Coordinator and is also the visual arts teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade students.  She is National Board Certified and has been teaching for 14 years.  Mrs. Gordon graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fines Arts in Studio Art Education with High Honors and K-12 Visual Arts Teaching Licensure.  Mrs. Gordon completed her AIG certification from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and also has K-6 Elementary Ed Licensure.  Mrs. Gordon was named the school Teacher of the Year in 2011 and was nominated for the A+ Educator of the Year Award in 2014 and 2015.  In 2016, Mrs. Gordon was named the A+ Educator of the Year for NC Carolina A+ Schools and the Arts Educator of the Year by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts Council.  Mrs. Gordon is currently the Magnet Teacher of the Year for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.  Mrs. Gordon has earned numerous grants and awards along with her students who have received blue ribbons at annual fairs and art exhibits.Mrs. Gordon leads the Integration Team, Yearbook Committee and Black History Celebration.  She is the school event photographer and the school representative for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts Council.  Outside of school, Mrs. Gordon is a member of the Stokes County Arts Council Board as secretary and visual arts co-chair.  She is active in her church, Sovereign Grace Chapel, and serves as a bulletin designer and the webmaster.  

Mrs. Amanda S. Nelson
Amanda Nelson serves as our Magnet Coordinator.  She is the Dance and Drama teacher and serves as the School Improvement Team Chairperson.  She has been teaching for 8 years.  Mrs. Nelson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Performing Arts with a K-12 Licensure in Dance Education and has been the lead choreographer for the WSFCS Summer Program for 5 years.  Mrs. Nelson was nominated for the A+ Educator of the Year Award in 2014.

Mrs. Lisa A. Morris
Lisa Morris is our Orchestra Teacher.  She has been teaching for 5 years in public schools but taught 8 years previously in private schools.  Mrs. Morris graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in K-12 Music Education.  She is a certified Suzuki instructor and works closely with the ArtistsCorp program through the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Winston-Salem Symphony to bring other professional musicians into our school.

Mr. Barry Friedman
Barry Friedman is the physical education teacher.  He has taught PE in various schools, (mostly elementary), for the past 16 years.   He even taught in Washington D.C. at a school located only five miles from the White House!  While attending St. Mary's College of Maryland, he played four years of basketball, which also allowed him a chance to visit many cities around the U.S.  Following his college career, he played professionally in Israel for one season.  In addition, he coached basketball at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.  

Ms. Jackie Pullen

Jackie Pullen is our Technology Facilitator.  Ms. Pullen previously taught in Virginia and has been teaching in North Carolina for 9 years.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on Instructional Technology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, AIG Licensure from the University of Virginia, and Masters of Library Science from East Carolina University.

Mr. Rick Sigler

     Mr. Rick Sigler is in his 21st year of teaching and attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) earning his Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 1997.  At our school, Mr. Sigler teaches General Music to K-2 students, recorders to 3rd grade, and beginning band to 4th and 5th graders. The band performs regularly with R.J. Reynolds High School, their sister arts magnet program, through the marching and concert bands. Diggs-Latham students have also made their first appearance at a state-sanctioned event in their history, receiving numerous Superior and Excellent ratings at the Northwest District Solo/Ensemble MPA.
     Prior to his tenure at Diggs-Latham, Mr. Sigler was the Director of Bands at North Forsyth High and Northwest Middle Schools, performing regularly throughout the southeast. While serving at Northwest and North Forsyth, Mr. Sigler was fortunate to have students participate in county, district and state honors bands, solo/ensemble, concert, marching and jazz festivals.
Mr. Sigler’s bands regularly commissioned and premiered works by local and nationally-renowned composers, including David Holsinger and John Edmondson. Mr. Sigler was voted the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Band Director of the Year in 2006, and has had the honor of being a clinician for local honors band clinics in North Carolina.
     Mr. Sigler is a deacon in the Episcopal Church, serving as a college chaplain at UNCG through St. Mary’s House, and as a faculty advisor for the Iota Epsilon chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. His wife, Helen, also a music teacher in Winston-Salem as well, together live in Kernersville with their three children and three pets.