Shawn Clark

Principal

Jefferson Road Elementary School
15 School Lane
Pittsford, NY 14534
585.267.1300
Fax: 585.385.6426
Shawn_Clark@pittsford.monroe.edu

To  whom  it  may  concern:  
 
Victoria  Starr  was  a  student  teacher  in  my  first  grade  classroom  for  twelve  weeks  during  
the  2014-­‐2015  school  year.    Throughout  that  time,  Victoria  was  a  highly  professional,  
responsible,  eager,  and  dedicated  student  teacher.    Victoria’s  dedication  was  evidenced  
by  the  many  hours  she  worked  before  and  after  school,  the  numerous  hours  she  spent  
at  school  on  the  weekends,  and  her  consistent  attendance  at  all  school  based  meetings,  
conferences  and  events  outside  of  the  school  day.  
 
Victoria  has  many  strengths  as  a  teacher.    Foremost  is  her  ability  to  establish  and  
maintain  trusting  and  mutually  respectful  relationships  with  children.    Victoria  has  a  
warm,  caring,  gentle  approach  with  students.    She  consistently  demonstrates  patience,  
is  an  active  listener,  and  she  is  able  to  nurture  a  supportive  environment  where  students  
feel  comfortable  taking  risks  with  learning.    In  addition  to  Victoria’s  ability  to  establish  
relationships  with  students,  she  has  a  strength  in  building  relationships  with  adults.    
Victoria  demonstrates  effective  and  positive  communication  skills,  and  was  able  to  
work  exceptionally  well  with  classroom  staff,  school  professionals,  administrators,  
parents  and  families.      
 
From  the  onset  of  her  student  teaching  experience,  Victoria  was  eager  to  learn  about  
the  students’  strengths,  needs,  instructional  levels,  emotional/physical/behavioral  
needs,  work  habits,  and  learning  styles.    She  was  able  to  utilize  that  information  to  
develop  lessons  to  meet  the  wide  range  of  student  needs.    Victoria’s  lessons  were  
consistently  well  planned  and  organized,  based  on  solid  understanding  of  literacy  and  
numeracy  development,  and  included  effective  instructional  techniques  and  innovative  
materials.    One  of  Victoria’s  strengths  is  her  eagerness  to  reflect  on  and  engage  in  
dialogue  about  her  teaching.    Victoria  actively  seeks  ways  to  grow  and  develop  as  a  
teacher,  and  she  is  willing  and  able  to  collaborate  and  share  her  expertise  with  others.    
 
I  feel  very  fortunate  to  have  been  able  to  continue  working  side  by  side  with  Victoria  
during  the  current  2015-­‐2016  school  year.    At  this  time,  she  is  participating  in  a  year-­‐
long  directed  study  in  my  classroom  through  her  literacy  master’s  program  at  SUNY  
Geneseo.    As  part  of  this  directed  study,  “Early  Literacy  in  the  Classroom”,  Victoria  
earns  coursework  credits  for  providing  literacy  instruction  in  a  primary  classroom.      In  
addition  to  the  directed  study,  my  students  this  year  have  benefitted  from  having  Miss  
Starr  as  a  substitute  teacher.    When  Victoria  is  in  the  role  as  substitute  in  my  classroom,  

I  have  complete  confidence  in  her  ability  to  manage  both  students  and  classroom  
adults,  as  well  as  complete  confidence  in  her  teaching  abilities.  
 
Throughout  my  two  year  affiliation  with  Victoria,  she  has  demonstrated  not  only  
competence  as  a  teacher,  but  she  has  demonstrated  a  gift  for  teaching.    Most  
importantly,  she  has  demonstrated  a  passion  for  her  profession.    I  feel  fortunate  that  I  
have  been  able  to  call  Miss  Starr  a  colleague.    Victoria  Starr  will  be  an  asset  to  any  
faculty.  
Kristen Malone