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OUR MISSION: WE SHARE WITH OUR COMMUNITY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE EDUCATION OF ALL STUDENTS

Dr. Charles R. Heaton, Principal
Mr. Scott Lucas, Asst. Principal


105 Progress Place, Ruckersville, VA 22968
Phone: 434.985.1472 Fax: 434.990.2550


Web: www.greenecountyschools.com
FB: www.facebook.com/ateamaboveall


Joining together is the Beginning. Working Together is Progress. Growing Together is Success.

Home of the Soaring Eagles. A team above all. Above all a team.


RUCKERSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
May 10, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

It is with great excitement that I recommend to you Lucy Dudley for a teaching position in your school!
Mrs. Dudley and I began working together in April 2012 when I was introduced as the new principal of
Ruckersville Elementary School, our school. Since that time, I have grown to trust and rely upon her as an
educator of children. Her insight, experience, knowledge, and ethics of care and professionalism have
positioned her as an esteemed colleague who is an integral part of our school’s first grade and
instructional leadership teams.

Though I have much to share about Mrs. Dudley and to show that she has the requisite skills, knowledge,
and experience to serve as an elementary teacher, it is her unbridled passion and competence as an
educator to which I will speak. I know the parents, faculty and staff, and students in your school will find
great value in her work, as our school community has. As a first grade teacher, Mrs. Dudley brings
strengths as an instructional strategist, creator of student-centered environment, and team player.

Mrs. Dudley stands apart from the average educator and elementary teacher in several important ways.
Her keen intelligence and intellectual curiosity combined with a stellar work ethic make her an
outstanding colleague in our professional community. She is never satisfied with simply meeting
expectations. The quality of her academic and professional work is always superior, and as a persistent
and independent learner she actively seeks of depth of understanding of concepts that is more
sophisticated than that of most her peers. In her role as a teacher leader (Vertical Team Chair) this year,
Lucy took the initiative to increase the depth and breadth of her knowledge of teaching practices by
working collaboratively with colleagues in her discipline of reading. She did extensive reading and used
her knowledge to support others in a reflective manner that not only demonstrated her firm grasp of
content and process, but also helped them develop their understandings by raising questions and
engaging them in dialogue that assisted them in scaffolding their own learning.

Mrs. Dudley is articulate in her written and verbal communications, and she exhibits interpersonal skills
that make her a leader among her peers. Additionally, my observations and interactions with Lucy suggest
that she has tremendous potential to translate her excellence in teaching colleagues and parents about
best practices for teaching children. And while she rarely sought the role, Lucy was routinely identified
and selected as a leader by her colleagues in various professional small groups, a pattern that is consistent
with her work as a teacher leader in our elementary school. Her quiet confidence and respectful stance
toward her diverse colleagues and students, and consistent ethic of care for others make her a natural
choice for any administrator to employ.

Lucy’s motivation, organizational skills and initiative are also strengths that will stand her in good stead in
her work as a teacher leader and in her career as an educator. She is goal orientated and self-directed.
This is evident in the discussions that her colleagues and I have held with her about academic pursuits,
reading and math instruction, and developing critical thinking skills and inquiry based learning



OUR MISSION: WE SHARE WITH OUR COMMUNITY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE EDUCATION OF ALL STUDENTS

Dr. Charles R. Heaton, Principal
Mr. Scott Lucas, Asst. Principal


105 Progress Place, Ruckersville, VA 22968
Phone: 434.985.1472 Fax: 434.990.2550


Web: www.greenecountyschools.com
FB: www.facebook.com/ateamaboveall


Joining together is the Beginning. Working Together is Progress. Growing Together is Success.

Home of the Soaring Eagles. A team above all. Above all a team.


RUCKERSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
opportunities. She seeks opportunities for personal and professional growth and demonstrates the
hallmarks of a dedicated professional. Given the opportunities she will find in a school faced with varied
challenges, I believe that Lucy will more than rise to the occasion, she will thrive. She has the potential to
both grow in and contribute to your professional learning community, and she will most certainly be a
credit to your hiring practice.

Therefore, I give Lucy Dudley my strongest and highest recommendation, and ask that you give her
application favorable consideration. If you have question, or if I can provide any additional information,
please do not hesitate to contact me.


Best Regards,



Charles R. Heaton, Ph.D.


Cc: Personnel File