Sample Letter of Recommendation for Teacher
Kay Traester has been my student teacher in my eighth grade English
classes during the winter/spring period of the 2004-2005 school year.
Kay came well prepared to her student teaching experience. Prior to
being my student teacher, she was a tutor for several weeks for some of
my needier students after school. In this capacity she was consistent,
compassionate and reliable. While student teachers are required to
spend one hundred hours for field study, Kay had clocked well over
double that amount prior to her student teaching experience with me
further evidencing her dedication to the teaching profession. This
enthusiasm and philosophy of hard work did not wane after she began her
formal student teaching in earnest.
When she began her student teaching, it was
immediately evident that Kay had a love for the profession and a sincere
interest in and concern for the students. She was willing to come up
with creative lessons that proved to be interesting and educationally
effectiive. Furthermore, she spent many hours with an individual
student working on reading strategies on her own time to help one of my
less capable readers.
Kay has approached any and all aspects of the work involved
in teaching my students with eager anticipation. She wrote extremely
detailed and well thought out plans in spite of the fact that during
this entire student teaching experience she maintained her
responsibilities as editor in chief of the Colgate University Maroon
News weekly newspaper. In fact, in my thirty years of teaching I have
never experienced any student teacher who was better prepared and who
worked harder than Kay. Her lessons have been thought out and
professional. She was always willing to adjust any parts of her lessons
she thought could be improved.
Kay’s classroom management style seemed closer to that of a
veteran teacher than to the student teacher she is. Her maturity in
dealing with the students was evident and, as a result, commanded real
respect from the students.
On a practical level, all the papers, quizzes and tests Kay
assigned to the students were immediately graded and returned to the
students. She maintained a level of efficiency that was fueled by her
obvious work ethic and her professional concern for her students’
progress. No time was wasted in her class.
While teaching in my classroom Kay took the initiative to
create many colorful, creative and effective bulletin boards relating
to the work being done and the units studied in class. She became ever
more efficient in her teaching, keeping lists of students who owed work
on the board as well as announcing the homework assigned each day.
Overall, as the chairman of our English department, I would
not hesitate to offer Kay a teaching position in our district were we to
have an opening. Wherever she decides to accept a teaching position, I
know with all confidence that she will do an outstanding job and become
an asset to the school district fortunate enough to receive her
application for employment
Should you desire further information, please contact me at
Sherburne-Earlville Central School.
Reinerus M. Korver,
English Department Chair
Sherburne-Earlville Central School
Sherburne, N.Y. 13640