Recommendations

To Whom It May Concern:

It is my pleasure to write this letter on behalf of Sydney Redigan. Sydney was my student teacher for the fall semester of 2014. I am currently teaching 7th grade Language Arts in the Dearborn Public Schools. Sydney was responsible for Language Arts instruction to four Language Arts classes and one Language Arts Lab, which was comprised of 18 students that were in danger of failing all classes. Sydney implemented the pacing guide and curriculum of the Dearborn Public Schools. She used Reading Apprenticeship techniques in the classroom and was trained by the Dearborn Public Schools. Sydney was also responsible for daily blogging and grading. Sydney attended and held Parent Teacher Conferences.

Sydney was always well prepared and organized. She made sure her plans reflected state, district and local school expectations. She included opportunities for students to use a variety of successful learning situations. She implemented small group instruction as well as many cooperative learning activities. Students were encouraged to learn from, as well as respect, each other while engaged in learning.

While working with students, Sydney gave clear instructions, monitored frequently and made adjustments to lessons when needed. She was firm when teaching and creating an environment where all students found success in learning. She listened to their concerns and provided individual support that many of her students desired.

I have no doubt that Sydney will be a valuable asset to any school. She had excellent attendance and came prepared to provide superior opportunities for learning for all students. I highly recommend Sydney Redigan and envy the school that is fortunate enough to have her on their staff!

Sincerely,

Kelly Cialone
7th grade Language Arts
Bryant Middle School, Dearborn, Michigan

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To Whom It May Concern:

I wish to highly recommend Ms. Sydney Redigan for a position as a teacher.

Ms. Redigan was a student in two of my Reading/English Education courses here at Wayne State University. I also served as her advisor for her Terminal Master’s Project.

In each encounter, Ms. Redigan proved to be an outstanding student. She was bright, insightful, and articulate in both speaking and writing. She was a critical, creative, and divergent thinker. In addition, she possessed a remarkable ability to translate educational theory into imaginative classroom practice. Moreover, she was self-directed, meticulous and conscientious in the doing of every assignment. She sets high goals for herself and does everything possible to reach those goals with excellence.

Further, she is deeply committed to young people and to their development as persons and as students.

In sum, I must say that Sydney Redigan is one of the best students that I have ever taught and I certainly recommend her with the highest praise. Any school hiring her will truly have a gem.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jacqueline Tilles
Associate Professor
College of Education
Wayne State University

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To Whom It May Concern:

It is my pleasure to highly recommend Sydney Redigan, whom I first met in 2011 at Wayne State University’s College of Engineering. I served as the marketing and communications director there, supervising Ms. Redigan for nearly three years.

I was immediately impressed with Ms. Redigan’s intelligent, warm and welcoming demeanor upon my arrival to the college. Ms. Redigan was able and willing to switch gears and collaboratively work toward a new director’s vision for marketing and communications efforts at the college. She consistently proved to be highly creative, capable, dependable and resourceful, contributing greatly to the college’s significant enrollment increases over the past few years.

Beyond that, however, I was struck by Ms. Redigan’s character. She is kind, caring and calm—qualities that, combined with her impressive writing and communications skills and expertise, truly make her an employer’s dream. She was a greatly valued team member at the college, trusted and respected by all her colleagues.

It was a great privilege to work with Ms. Redigan. I remain a huge supporter and advocate, and I have no doubt that she would be an incredibly valued employee for any lucky employer.

Sincerely,

Kristin Copenhaver
Assistant to the President
Wayne State University

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To Whom It May Concern:

Ms. Sydney Redigan successfully completed pre-student teaching at Sterling Hgts. High School in the Warren Consolidated School District during the winter, 2014 term. As her university supervisor, I was charged with observing her in the classroom and also was the instructor in a class designed to explore/develop skills for effective secondary teaching. For the class, Ms. Redigan wrote exemplary unit and lesson plans; a classroom organization and management plan; a research based teaching and learning statement, and; completed an extensive study of a single student. All of the listed assignments as well as a bulletin board and a paper on diversity were done with an attention to detail and student learning. She went above the expected in all work completed.

As she worked in the high school classroom, she used the available technology to enhance student learning. She worked collaboratively with the mentoring teacher to present lessons that engaged the students. On the occasions when she planned and implemented the lesson, the students were attentive and on task. A community observation paper and a paper dealing with the curriculum of the district/school aided her in presenting relevant lessons. The school has a diverse student body in terms of ELL students, different races/cultures, and students with a range of cognitive skill levels and learning styles. Ms. Redigan was able to accommodate the student diversity. She understands that students who are engaged are less likely to create management problems.

I highly recommend Ms. Redigan for a teaching position at the secondary level in ELA or social studies. She is energetic, extremely capable, and willing to go the extra mile to insure student learning. Please contact me if further comment is needed.

Yours truly,

Donna M. Jones, Ed. D.

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To Whom It May Concern:

It is my sincere pleasure to recommend Sydney Redigan for a teaching position in secondary Language Arts. I have known Ms. Redigan since the beginning of the fall semester in the capacity of Student Teaching Supervisor for Wayne State University. I have evaluated and guided Sydney through this semester at Bryant Middle School in Dearborn. I observed Sydney teaching middle school English on three different occasions, in three different classes.

Sydney has great qualities to offer an employer. First, she has a passion for teaching. Her knowledge and love for Language Arts was apparent with each observation I made. Sydney bonded with her students, gaining their respect, and transferring her passion to the students. Sydney’s lessons are both creative, interactive, and always align with the state requirements. Sydney is serious about her desire to interest her students while educating them.

Ms. Redigan is both positive and enthusiastic. She welcomes the students when they enter the classroom, and begins each class period with a positive approach. There is a mutual respect between Sydney and her students. Sydney has great classroom management skills. Students stay on task as they actively participate in the lesson and feel comfortable asking questions when they need clarification. Sydney makes the most of her teachable moments. She begins the class promptly after the bell rings and uses the entire hour to cover the material. Her time management is good.

Ms. Redigan is professional, articulate, and ready with a smile and a kind word. She is conscious of doing well and readily accepts suggestions from her mentor teacher and myself. She works well with colleagues and administration. I am confident that Sydney will be an asset to any staff with whom she works. She is knowledgeable and has the skills of a seasoned teacher already. I can sincerely say that Ms. Redigan is one of my top students.

Sincerely,

Rita Sitron

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