Mr. and Mrs. Barrett,
I have the pleasure of working with Connor in both my STAR and ELA classes. After doing this for over 26 years, I’ve begun to realize that it’s far too easy to get caught up in the problems, troubles, or issues involving a fair number of our students and forget that we have the opportunity to meet with some really “neat” (showing my age) young men and women.
Connor most definitely falls into the latter category and I just wanted to touch base and let you know how glad I am to have him on Team 8B this year. He’s unfailingly polite and respectful, a bit on the quiet side but always willing to get involved in classroom discussions and help others. We just got a new student on Friday, and he already “adopted” him before I had a chance to ask him to do so. He’s doing outstanding work in my class and is always focused on the task at hand. When given independent time, he uses it well and doesn’t distract others.
It doesn’t hurt that I’ve seen him in his D-A t-shirt. I was quite involved in Scouting and spent a lot of time there and at other camps in the state. I even worked for the BSA for 5 years after college because teaching positions weren’t readily available. In this day and age, it’s nice to see that some older students are still involved in the program as it isn’t considered to be the “coolest” thing out there these days. I know that I took some life-long traits away from my time in Scouting that remain with me to this day.
It’s obvious that Connor is the product of a terrific household led by quality parents, and I wanted to thank you helping him to become the young man that he has developed into today.
Tim Farrell, BS in Ed, MAT
English/Language Arts, Team 8B
Waldon Middle School, LOCS