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16 N. 70
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Ave
Phoenix, Az 602
Phone: 602-402-5555
E-Mail: educatorcm@yahoo.com
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September 20, 2014
Tony Best
School Director
Pioneer Preparatory School:
A Challenge Foundation Academy
6510 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, Az 85033
Dear Mr. Best:
I am interested in applying for the Kindergarten teaching position in your school district posted on
Arizona Education Employment Board. Pioneer Prep goal of embracing the Core Knowledge curriculum as
they prepare students for high school and the world beyond aligns with my own expectations of quality
education. As a 2015 graduate of Arizona State University, I have teaching experience from infant to
preschool, in non-profit organization and Early Head Start programs across the Phoenix Metropolitan
Area. I recently completed my student teaching in kindergarten classes and have obtained my teaching
certification and fingerprint clearance card. I believe I am the candidate to be interviewed to work
collaboratively to meet and exceed the needs of the students with new ideas and enthusiasm for the
teaching profession.
As I looked at your school districts website I immediately was drawn to the statement that At Pioneer
Prep: CFA, we believe that Together, Each Achieves More (T.E.A.M.), and that all children can grow,
learn, and achieve. In addition, the majority of students are identified as English Language Learners
(ELLs) and I have previous experience with reaching the students and parents. Your school focus on The
Core Knowledge Sequence, which enables parents to guide their children towards a higher level of
academic achievement, builds on the teamwork your school promotes. My experience keeping home
language and building on second language vocabulary through pictures and objects is shown in my work
portfolio. I have a comprehensive understanding of child development and am someone who believes in
offering authentic, hands-on learning experiences for young children to create a life-long learner who
understands we need to meet children where they are and uphold family culture as well.
Your school district website says you use the Core Knowledge curriculum which compliments Arizonas
Academic Standards and the national Common Core Standards. During my student teaching, I created
many activities for the children using the Arizonas Academic Standards and aligning them with Teaching
Strategies (TSG). In my work portfolios you will find:
Current copies of the standards
Certificate of trainings
Copy of original lesson plans created
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Reflection on effectiveness of lessons
Teacher/Mentors comments
My background experience in the classroom has prepared me for the real world and given me the
confidence and resources to be a successful teacher.
I believe I am the candidate to be interviewed to work collaboratively to meet and exceed the needs of the
students with new ideas and enthusiasm for the teaching profession. I will be contacting your office next
week, however, if you have any questions, please contact me at (602) 402-5555 or email me at
educatorcm@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for reviewing my letter and
me enclosed supporting documents.
Sincerely,
Clarissa McConnell
Arizona Education Employment Board