Here's what professionals in the field have to say about Niagara University teacher candidates.

Karen Girardi-Gilbert (Comments on Samantha Bisson)

Niagara Catholic District School Board

Samantha had a very successful teaching block in my grade 3/4 classroom. She developed an excellent rapport with all students and staff members and is a very professional individual. Samantha's lessons were always based on sound pedagogy, curriculum expectations and meeting the needs of all students in the classroom. Throughout her teaching block, she used assessment to drive instruction and offered the students a variety of engaging and challenging activities and tasks. Samantha carefully tailored lessons to meet the educational needs of a diverse group of students to ensure that all students’ needs were met. It was a pleasure to have her in my classroom and school community. I am confident that she will be an excellent addition to any school community.

Cooperating Teacher (Comments on Molly Congi)

St. Peter’s (private Christian school)

Miss Congi has shown great growth in the weeks that she has been a student teacher at St. Peters. She has shown great concern for my students, especially those students that have difficulties in learning. Her knowledge of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards was very good. She applied them each time she taught a lesson in my 4th grade class. Her knowledge in Religion was a great asset when she had to teach Religion, help prepare my students to do a mass, and a community service project. She has a great sense of humor too, which helps bring a fun side to her teaching. I was very happy to have her in my class. I know my students will miss her, as I will.

Colleen Ketchum (Comments on Clark Davis)

Branksome Hall (private all-girls school)

Clark has a confident, professional classroom presence and his enthusiasm for teaching and learning engages the students. Clark has incorporated a variety of teaching strategies into his lesson plans including cooperative learning and student-centered activities. He has sought out many opportunities for learning and professional growth including teaching lessons in Business, Economics and Accounting, volunteering to attend business competitions outside of school, attending faculty meetings and assisting with coaching the hockey team. Clark has adapted quickly to the laptop teaching environment, and navigates Branksome Hall's educational technology system, Blackboard very effectively. It has been a pleasure to work with Clark and I would recommend him without reservation.

Annette Beutel (Comments on Kelsey Difelice)

North Tonawanda School District

Kelsey has worked hard in her first student teaching placement. From the beginning, she presented herself in a professional manner, being prompt and appropriately dressed. She quickly developed rapport with the children and always took into account their safety and well-being. She planned for and carried out well developed lessons based on the NYS Common Core Curriculum, according to the needs of the learners. She maintained thorough records and always worked individually with students who needed extra support. The children were very comfortable with Kelsey. In addition, she had the opportunity to attend PTA meetings and an evening school function, in which she volunteered her time. She attended all faculty meetings and committee meetings along side of me, including after-hours district meetings. A special project that Kelsey undertook was with the VA Hospital in Buffalo, continuing our collaborative relationship with them. I am confident that Kelsey has the intelligence, skills and heart to become a wonderful teacher. I have recommended to her that she needs to work on her presence in the classroom, using a stronger voice and allowing her personality to shine forth.

Linda Reagan (Comments on Monica Ecker)

Clarence Sschool District

Monica is a superior student teacher. Her passion and drive for teaching and learning were evident every day. Monica's positive attitude and warm disposition helps her students take academic risks and push themselves; helping them reach greater challenges and deepening their understanding. She is a remarkable teacher and will be an asset in any classroom and/or school.

Brenda Smith (Comments on Giancarlo Feltrin)

Niagara Catholic District School Board

Giancarlo is a role model for the students. He quickly developed a rapport with the students and staff alike. Giancarlo was very involved in the classroom and in the school. He volunteered his time with our school choir while also spending recess time organizing play groups with the kids. Giancarlo was always prepared and took all needs into consideration when planning. He was always creative with lessons while also remembering the importance of pacing the carpet time to desk time with the students. I was impressed with how quickly Giancarlo was able to develop his questioning with this age group. He will be a definite asset to any staff! We will certainly miss the positive energy that Giancarlo brings to the room.

Amy Carrasquillo (Comments on Nicole Gaeta)

Lewport Senior High School

It has been a pleasure working with Nicole. Her dedication to her work, and more importantly to her students, is incredible. We need more teachers like Nicole. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors! She will be missed.

Patricia Naphin (Comments on Patricia Jamieson)

Niagara Catholic District School Board

Patty was such a pleasure to have in the classroom and work with. As a former actor, her wealth of knowledge and strategies to reach students were such a fresh change to the English curriculum. Her lessons were creative, and she has such a way of speaking to students that it is captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed how not only did she sit in on the other two classes, but actively became involved to the point where we team taught, and became a dynamic duo - to be reckoned with. I really believe that Patty will make a wonderful teacher. Moreover, she took such a big role on in the school with directing the play Annie. She came into a great pool of teachers with little teaching experience, dove in, and became an incredibly stealth competitor.

Brooke Harris (Comments on Kelly Mayer)

Niagara Wheatfield School District

Miss Mayer exceeded my expectations as a student teacher. She arrived early and worked late to prepare engaging lessons based on the CCSS, worked hard to form strong relationships with the students and other teachers and ensured learning by assessing student understanding and re-teaching necessary lessons. She was always willing to learn and improve. She will be an excellent teacher.

Sean Grohman (Comments on Melissa Palesh)

Kenmore School District

Melissa Palesh began her student teaching placement with me in January of 2015. As a beginning teacher, she was shy and hesitant to get in front of the class to teach a lesson or to do a read aloud. As time went on, she began to blossom, gaining confidence and responsibility. We planned together and went to meetings together. She took part in all aspects of a regular education teacher's responsibilities. Melissa was professional in every aspect. She was early every day and stayed late in order to plan and prepare. She even went through extreme measures in getting to school on an austere winter's day which earned her commendation from our administrator. She was dressed professionally and associated with fellow teachers, looking them in the eye and shaking their hands. It was conveyed to me by my counterparts that Melissa seemed to be part of Edison's culture and would fit in as a regular teacher. Melissa had the responsibilities of a classroom teacher to include planning, preparing, assessing, as well as classroom management. She became well versed in the Common Core expectations and the Expeditionary Learning ELA Modules for third grade (1 and 2a). It would be my pleasure to not only recommend Miss Palesh as a classroom teacher, but to have her teaching along side of me on my grade level.