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Jefferson Road Elementary School 15 School Lane Pittsford, NY 14534 585.267.1300 Shawn Clark Fax: 585.385.6426

Jefferson Road Elementary School 15 School Lane Pittsford, NY 14534

585.267.1300

Shawn Clark

Fax: 585.385.6426

Principal

Shawn_Clark@pittsford.monroe.edu

To whom it may concern:

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter on behalf of Victoria Starr. Victoria has served as a

per diem substitute this school year. Prior to that, she served as a student teacher from January

through May, 2015. She is one of the finest student teachers that I have observed in my career as

a school principal and we are extremely fortunate to have her working with our students when she fills in for our faculty.

Victoria Starr was exceptional in planning her lessons, which included six units in ELA, math, and science. She devoted a tremendous amount of time creating activities which were aligned with the Common Core Standards and the Pittsford Central School District’s Strategic Initiative. Her lessons were cohesive, factored in student interest and allowed for multiple means to assess student progress and skill mastery. She taught the whole child by incorporating Social Thinking into her daily work with children.

It is imperative that a teacher develops and maintains a caring classroom environment based on

mutual respect and high standards. Victoria Starr established rituals and routines for a challenging classroom that included students with significant learning and social-emotional disabilities. Her skills in classroom management and student relationships culminated in a week- long period where her supervising teacher was absent. Victoria did an amazing job of seamlessly supporting all students and managing three adult aides. She possesses wisdom and poise far beyond her years.

Instructionally, I was able to see Victoria grow exponentially throughout her time with us. She was able to successfully differentiate tasks based on results from formative assessments and knowledge of student’s needs. Additionally, she was masterful at incorporating technology into her lessons. Victoria assisted her cooperating teacher with setting up and using the classroom interactive SMART Board that was installed in the classroom in the spring. She developed SMART Notebook lessons which increased student engagement during whole group instruction. Her knowledge of iPad technology was also outstanding. I observed her using the Plickers application in one lesson to gather instant formative data on her students. She was able to use this information to determine which students required additional instruction or academic extension. Victoria understands how tablet devices need to be viewed as a tool, not a toy.

Victoria Starr began her time with us in the role of a student teacher. At the end of her placement, she was viewed as a member of our staff. She devoted countless hours attending meetings in order to better support our students and our school. Her professionalism and genuine care and concern for our students were a few of the many traits that staff members admired.

professionalism and genuine care and concern for our students were a few of the many traits

Victoria Starr is the best candidate for a teaching position in your district. Her organizational skills, instructional competence, work ethic, collaborative nature, and passion for children and education will add significant value to your school community. I would hire her for any teaching position in my building without hesitation. Please call me at 585-267-1300 if you have any questions or would like additional information regarding Victoria Starr.

Sincerely,

if you have any questions or would like additional information regarding Victoria Starr. Sincerely, Shawn M.

Shawn M. Clark

if you have any questions or would like additional information regarding Victoria Starr. Sincerely, Shawn M.