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May 10, 2016

To Whom It May Concern:


It is with great pleasure that I introduce and highly recommend Kelli Murphy for a teaching
position in the Poway Unified School District. Currently, I am her National University
supervisor for the 2016 spring semester and it has been exciting observing Kelli work miracles
with the children in her classroom. She exemplifies all the qualities of a competent, caring
and effective teacher, always promoting a positive learning environment, while treating all
students with respect. Her creativity when developing lessons is beyond compare, as well as
her remarkable ability to engage all students in learning. I am always amazed at Kelli's energy
and enthusiasm for this profession.
Kelli consistently organizes the curriculum for her classes by building lessons on prior
knowledge. She places great importance on using a variety of resources, technologies, and
instructional strategies to make the subject matter accessible to all children. Many of her
lessons include creative, hands-on activities, which provide real life experiences that make
the subject matter come alive. An example of this was shown when Kelli helped her
kindergartners understand the jobs of a farmer. She created eight stations where children
actually performed the duties of a farmer from milking the cows, to building fences, planting
crops and corralling the pigs. She effectively plans so that her students receive high
achievement of the academic standards. Addressing the interests and cultural backgrounds
of the students requires a type of sensitivity that Kelli possesses. She believes learning should
be fun and the children in her class truly love learning.
Miss Murphy uses a variety of sources for assessing student learning. Throughout each
and every lesson, Kelli circulates the room to purposefully check for understanding of the
concept taught. She realizes the importance of using assessment to drive instruction and
uses various techniques (thumbs up/thumbs down, white boards, discussion etc.) to gain this
knowledge.
Kelli establishes a very disciplined, caring and respectful classroom management routine
in her class. She expertly promotes independent work time while she works with small
groups. Her ability to communicate and maintain clear standards for effective behavior is
remarkable. Instructional time is always maximized. I love watching Kelli work her magic
with her students. It is obvious that she cares about the emotional, social and academic
progress of her children.
Miss Murphy is a true professional in every sense of the word. Her creativity and work
ethic far surpass any student teacher I have ever encountered. Her master teachers also brag
about how well Kelli works as a team player and how much she enjoys collaborating to
improve her craft. Most impressive, however, is Kellis positive, creative and energetic
personality, which is contagious among her students.
Please contact me for any further questions about this talented teacher. Hiring Kelli
Murphy on your staff would be the greatest hire of your career. Please consider her for a
teaching position at your school, for she is nothing less than AMAZING.
Thank you,
Catherine Dow
National University Supervisor
858 254 2112
Wilsondow@gmail.com