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Date: April21,2013 Re: JenniferImmel From: FloyaHawkins ThisyearasthespecialeducationteacheratOregonElementarySchool,Ihadtheopportunitytoshare studentswithfirstgradeteacherJenniferImmel.Mrs.Immelwasapositiveandeffectiveteacherinour building.Sheexcelledatgeneralclassroommanagement,displayedapositiverapportwithherfirst gradersandtheirfamilies,anddidmanygradelevel/schoolwidetasks. DailyIwitnessedthepositiveatmosphereinMrs.Immelsroom.Studentswereengagedandontask.It wasacalmclassroomwherestudentswerehappytolearn.Thestructureoftheclassroomwas apparentboundariesweresetandstudentsfunctionedwellontheirown.Theyknewtheroutinesand expectations.Theactivitiessheprovidedmetthemanydifferentlevelsandlearningstylesofher students.Thiswasaclassroomwherelearningwascool.

l.Studentsespeciallyenjoyedthetechnology usedduringclassroominstruction.Herreadysmilewasreciprocatedbyherstudentsastheymastered themanychallengessheoffered.Inshort,theyboughtintoher.Theyfeltvalued.Shesaweachoneas theunique,individuallearnerstheywere.Herclassroomwasneat,bright,andkidcentered. WhatwasespeciallyuniqueaboutMrs.Immelwashowsheincludedspecialneedsstudentsintothe generaleducationactivities.Mrs.Immelworkedhardtohelpthesestudentsbeinvolvedinthewhole groupactivitiesandthesespecialneedsstudentsweregivenmanyopportunitiestoshineinthegeneral educationenvironment.Theybelonged.Theparentsofchildreninherclassroomwouldattestthat Mrs.Immelprovidedmanyopportunitiesforallstudentsinherclassroomopportunitiesthatmayhave beenmodifiedtoaccommodateindividualstudentneeds,butneverthelessallowedeachchildtobe successful. Inadditiontoprovidingwonderfulopportunitiesforherfirstgraders,Mrs.Immelalsohadapositive impactforthegradelevelandschool.Forexample,Mrs.Immeldevelopedawebpageforfirstgrade classroomuse.Itwaskidfriendlyandwidelyusedbyfamiliesoffirstgradersinallfirstgrade classrooms.ShealsocreatedboththeBacktoSchoolNightPowerPointforthefirstgradeteamandthe teamsweeklynewsletters.Schoolwide,sheusedhertechskillstogenerateaPowerPointshowcasing studentsfamilymemberswhohadbeenveteransaspartofaneventhonoringveteransatOregon ElementarySchoolopentothepublic. JenniferImmelisasolidteacherandavaluedcolleague.Shewouldbeapositiveadditiontoanygrade levelorstaff. Sincerely, FloyaHawkins SpecialEducationTeacher OregonElementarySchool fhawkins@ocusd.net