Sample Letter of Recommendation for a Teacher Colleague

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

As teachers, we are sometimes called upon to write recommendations for our colleagues. This lesson provides an example of how a letter of recommendation might look.

Why a Recommendation Letter

Teachers are sometimes asked to write letters to principals or other administrators which recommend colleagues for something. Perhaps a colleague wants a promotion, or wants to get involved in some sort of extra program; maybe he or she wants to transfer to a different school. Supporting colleagues in their professional growth is an important part of participating in an intellectual and professional community.

Still, such a letter can prove challenging to write. You should start by learning a little more about your colleague and his experiences, and why he is looking to make this particular change. Then, think about what you know and admire about your colleague and what makes him really special. Remember, this letter is not about you. Its readers will not be judging your writing; rather, they are looking at the content of the letter and what it reveals about your colleague. This example provides some insight into what a recommendation might look like; obviously, you would want to change the specifics to match the needs of your particular situation.

Sample Letter

Ted Recommender

Maplehurst School

8 Maple Lane

Treeville, VT 98765

Principal Mabel Williams

Maplehurst School

8 Maple Lane

Treeville, VT 98765

March 31, 2016

Dear Principal Williams:

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