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March 13, 2012 To Whom It May Concern, I look for specific qualities in the individuals I teach in the methods

course at Drake University. I search for a willingness to engage as a learner, the personal drive to ensure a positive academic environment for students, and passion for the content. Mr. Andrew Patterson exhibits all of those qualities and more in his work to become a high quality educator. He should be considered for a teaching position in your school district. Mr. Patterson is currently student teaching at East High School in Des Moines and completing his teacher preparation program in the School of Education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He holds a 3.5 GPA and will graduate in May of 2012. In my role as his instructor for Secondary Methods of Education, his work in class was second to none. The unit plan he created was aligned to Iowa Core Standards and the accompanying lesson plans were thoughtful and detailed. The unit included best practices in his field of social studies education and provided a clear path for differentiation. Specifically, his unit plan included an intriguing essential question, creative instructional practices, and engaging lesson for students. More than other students taking the course, Andrew was dedicated to creating the best possible unit plan not for the grade, but in preparation for his work as a teacher. Mr. Patterson has a great deal of work experience with learners of all ages. He has tutored GED students at DMACCs Southside Success Center. In this program he developed learning goals and helped students set short term academic goals. He has been an Assistant Program Instructor for the YMCA of Ankeny. In this position he supervised a group of elementary and middle school campers through structured weekly activities. In addition to his scholarly success and work experiences, Mr. Patterson exhibits many positive qualities that make his a great asset to your school. He will be a great educator and deserves any and all opportunities that come his way. Mr. Patterson is a team player, motivated, and his capacity to change a school for the better cannot be overstated. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information at 515-556-1011 (cell) or via email: amber.graeber@dmschools.org Sincerely, Amber M. Graeber, M.Ed., NBCT Humanities Curriculum Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools