Letters of Reference
Dr. Jurgen Combs

Letters of Reference

Your portfolio contains current letters of reference; "current" is generally defined as being in the last year or two.  While you  may wish to keep some older letters, school districts will generally want to see current letters.  As you begin your teaching career, you should have letters of reference from your University supervisor, your cooperating teacher and another one of your professors.  As you progress in  your teaching career, replace the above mentioned letters with more current letters of reference.

As  you work on this section, please remember the following:

  1. You should always ask permission ahead of time from your references to use their names; it is a good idea to advise references that you have applied for a certain district.  This way, your references can keep an eye open for material from the district to which you are applying.

  2. Many districts will want you to ask references to complete specific sheets for each of the districts; when you provide this material to your references, include a stamped, self addressed envelope.

  3. Be sure to read the posting description and provide only the material that is provided, in the format requested; if the district want everything in a PDF file, it is requested for a purpose - submitting it in another format can delay processing.



H. Jurgen Combs
updated on Tuesday, May 27, 2008