Letter of Recommendation for a Special Education Teacher Sample

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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As an education professional, you may be asked to write a letter of recommendation for a teacher. This lesson gives you some ideas about how you might recommend someone for a job teaching special education.

Why Letters Matter

Sometimes, as teachers and administrators, we are called upon to write letters of recommendation for instructors. They might be for new teachers or for those who are moving positions or schools. These letters are very important because they help bring a job applicant to life and make her stand out from the crowd. A letter of recommendation should always emphasize what is positive about a job candidate and why they would be an especially good match for a school or particular position.

The letter in this lesson is a sample of how you might write a recommendation for someone seeking a job as a special education teacher. You will want to alter this letter to reflect the details and realities of the particular person and position, but this offers you one window into how such a letter might look.

Sample Letter


Jamie Jameson
3000 Broadway
Brookside, TN 88888

Principal Benita Bobson
Happy Elementary
400 Main Street
Brookside, TN 88888

May 2, 2016

Dear Principal Bobson,

I am writing to recommend Fiona Fiddler for a position as a special educator working with fourth and fifth grade students in the resource room at Happy Elementary. I have known Fiona for seven years and have worked alongside her as a colleague all that time. Fiona and I are also personal friends, and I have had the privilege of watching her teach fourth grade as she has pursued her master's in special education. Though I am really sorry that Fiona is moving on from the school where we now teach together, I am very excited to see her pursue her dream, and I have no qualms about recommending her for this position.

One thing that stands out about Fiona is her patience. Part of why she wants to work with students with special needs is that she believes that every child should be given the time and support they need in order to learn. This means that Fiona does not fret or get angry when a student seems to be taking longer than they should to grasp a skill. I have seen her spend months supporting fourth graders who are reading on first- and second-grade levels, and she never seems to run out of patience, hope, or kindness. Her students and their families sense this about her, and it is a big part of what makes her so beloved as a teacher.

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