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Letter of Recommendation

I've never before been asked to write a professional letter of recommendation. I guess no one has been desperate enough. Following is my attempt. I'm not completely happy with it, but I'm not sure how I might have improved it. Suggestions/feedback/input appreciated.




To Whom It May Concern:

I have had the privilege of a professional association with Analiza X for more than three years. We have worked together as classmates throughout a Masters of Education program, as student teachers in a co-teaching environment in Hawaii’s top-ranked public elementary school, and as elementary teachers in the XXX Complex of schools on Oahu, Hawaii. During this time I have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, Ms. X as she progressed through her coursework in an exemplary manner, achieved certified teacher status in Hawaii, and became Grade Level Chair at XXX Elementary School.

Ms. X’s many strengths are highlighted by her ability to engage student interest in academic subjects by presenting lessons in a practical, real-world context. Ms. X calls upon a diverse background, including experience in marketing, high-tech, and health & physical fitness to encourage an active participation in and enthusiasm for learning among her students.

Ms. X demonstrates a high level of awareness of each student as an individual while simultaneously monitoring and managing her classes as a whole. She is quick to develop a rapport with students both individually and as a class. She works similarly well with her professional peers, being a strong organizer and natural leader, as evidenced by her rapid advancement to grade level chair.

As it has been a privilege working with Ms. X, so to is it a privilege to offer this brief note on her behalf. If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,



(name and work/cell contact info)

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pastilla
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Excellent letter. (However, can I start off by saying that as an employer I would be immediately suspicious that a letter was coming from a co-employee and not a superior?)

re: specifics, as I said . . . excellent letter. I stumbled a little over two phrases (which may well be attributable to my being 20 years out of date, re: edu-lingo . . . if they are kewl buzzwords, please ignore these suggestions:)

"Ms. X calls upon a diverse background, including experience in marketing, high-tech, and health & physical fitness to encourage an active participation" s/b "Ms. X draws on a diverse background of experience in marketing, (insert specific area of technology, such as Information Technology, Media Services,), and health & physical fitness to encourage active participation"

"a high level of awareness of each student as an individual" s/b "a high level of awareness of her students as individuals"
davidd
Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Good points all. I shall revise accordingly and email her the update.

Can't do anything about not being a "superior."

I should have mentioned in the lead-in to my post that this is for a teaching position.
pastilla
Jan. 23rd, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
"Can't do anything about not being a 'superior.'"

No, but being "superior" is a given . . .




sjonsvenson
Jan. 22nd, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Is a letter of recommendation written on request by the applicant or by the -potential- new empoyer?
davidd
Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Ah, I should have clarified. It is by request of the applicant for a position in education.
sjonsvenson
Jan. 23rd, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
I ask because I never had to provide recomendations myself. But once I was contacted by a company that asked my oppinion on a coleague who, apparently, was trying to get a job there.
I did write a very positive but not overblown revieuw. And it probably helped. I was mighty glad we got rid of him ^_^
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