June 5, 2006
To Whom It May Concern:

In spring of 2006 I had the pleasure of acting as Connie Cave’s cooperating teacher at Larkin High School. During her ten weeks with me, Connie taught two 12th grade Civics classes and three 11th grade American History classes; two of the American History classes were collab classes, which meant she worked with special education students and a second collaborating teacher.

In her time with me, Connie demonstrated herself to be an excellent teacher with a firm grasp of the subject material. She would often draw upon her personal knowledge and experiences to bring history to life for the students, offering a unique perspective that they might not have considered. She worked hard with the collaborating teacher to develop lessons and activities to meet the needs of all the students. Her lessons incorporated a variety of strategies and approaches to address the different styles of learning kids have: auditory, visual, or kinesthetic.

Connie’s relationship with the students was excellent. She was assertive when necessary, flexible when appropriate, and always respectful. She worked hard with struggling students who where having trouble passing a class needed to graduate, and always made time to meet with anyone in need of extra help.

I have no doubt that Connie has an excellent future ahead of her, and I strongly recommend her for any teaching position she is qualified to fill.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 847-888-5200 (ext 4057) or by email at wconnell95@alumni.indiana.edu.

William Connelly
Larkin High School, Elgin, IL