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Penn Cambria School District

201 6th Street

Cresson, PA 16630

(814) 886-4785

March 30, 2004


Dear Sir or Madam,


I am writing in recommendation of Ms. Amber Finan for employment within your district.Amber was employed as a long-term substitute teacher for a maternity leave in our secondary Life Skills class during the first 5 months of the 2003-2004 school year.

While working in our district Amber demonstrated a dedication to her students, and to her profession, that exceeded expectations.She consistently demonstrated compassion toward her students and the willingness to do whatever necessary to help them achieve their goals.She did this with grace and humor, quickly endearing herself to both students and staff alike.†††

Our secondary Life Skills class consists of students between the ages of 15 and 19 with diagnoses ranging from mild mental retardation to autism.These students come to our program from our own district as well as several neighboring school districts.Working with such a diverse group of students can sometimes be intimidating, but Amber quickly familiarized herself with each studentís unique needs and was able to ensure continued student progress as part of the IEP team.

Amber did not hesitate to ask questions or seek the advice of others in order to continue to improve her skills. Her responses and decisions demonstrated a thoughtful and thorough approach to problem solving.She developed positive relationships with the many supportive service providers while integrating their services into a curriculum that includes functional academics, daily living skills, community based instruction, recreation/leisure activities and pre-vocational/vocational training.

In addition to her teaching duties, Amber was also responsible for developing IEPís and compiling information for re-evaluation reports for her students.†† She quickly learned our system and was able to perform these tasks independently after observing only once.I received compliments from other supervisors on her performance.

I highly recommend Amber Finan for employment as a special education teacher within your school.Were there any openings within our school district, I would hire her myself.Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.




Mary Beth Whited

Supervisor of Special Education