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Troy Wayne Davis

17388 W Elaine Drive


Goodyear, AZ 85338
(602) 999-2249
troywaynedavis@gmail.com
twdavis4@asu.edu

Dear Mr. Stoobmeyer: February 25,


2017

First, I would thank you for the opportunity to teach someone I consider to be
an exceptional young man. It has truly been a pleasure to have Timothy in
my 10th Grade AP World History class in 4th hour this semester. Timothy is a
conscientious student that participates at an authentic level that indicates
his sincere academic interest. I am confident that he is an individual that will
make a positive mark on the world around him, not just in high school, but
wherever his future may take him.

In fact, it is that conscientiousness that brings me to contact you today. At


the end of this letter, I have included an addendum that includes my
classroom rules, along with the due process for violations. The first step of
due process is a verbal warning, while the second step is contacting a
parent. I am contacting you because this is the second time that I have had
to counsel Timothy about texting on his cell phone during class. Even before
giving him the first verbal warning, there were a few infractions that only
received informal warnings. I do not believe Timothy is intentionally being
disrespectful or disruptive. Yesterday when I conferred with him for the
formal verbal warning, Timothy seemed conflicted, like he wanted to say
more, but he took responsibility for the infraction and said he would try to do
better. He didnt seem very convinced of truly being able to do better, and
indeed, I did have to make him put away the phone again today.

Mr. Stoobmeyer, I am not a nosy teacher, and I respect the privacy of all my
students. However, when I approached Timothy to confront him about his
texting, I did see his screen over his shoulder. He was texting someone
named James, and it appeared to be an authentic intervention to convince
James not to hurt himself. I beg your forgiveness if I overstep my bounds, but
I am aware that Timothy has a younger brother named James, and this was
the second reason I brought this matter to your attention.

I think it very likely that Timothy has been texting his brother in an
interventive capacity, and as such, I cannot blame him for doing so. I am
exercising my discretion to not file a reprimand for due process in this
situation. However, it is my duty, and a district requirement, that I report this
incident to the school counselor, who will also contact you privately on this
matter shortly after I send this email.

Again, Timothy is a joy to teach, and I value him as a student. I hope and
pray that all turns out well with this situation, and I am here at your
convenience if you wish to contact me for any further information. The
school counselor who will be contacting you is named Becky Johnson.

Thank you for your time, and your understanding on this issue.

Sincerely,

Troy Wayne Davis


BA History, ASU

Addendum:

The following are five classroom rules that will engender mutual respect, consideration, and
cooperation between myself and my students, and between the students themselves. These rules
will be posted with high visibility all year long, along with the consequences for rule violation. I
will ensure that these rules are not only taught and posted, but are clearly modeled and discussed
so that each student will benefit from a cohesive and cooperative learning environment.
1. Students will demonstrate respect and tolerance for others at all times.
a. Respectful and polite language will be used.
b. Respect and appreciation for the race, gender, ethnicity, orientation, etc. of
others will be practiced and shown.
c. Only one person will be speaking at a time.
2. Electronic devices will only be used when directed to do so by the teacher.
a. This rule includes phones, tablets, and laptops, which will remain powered
down and put away unless otherwise instructed.
3. Academic integrity will be adhered to at all times.
a. Students will use their own ideas and work, ensuring to include appropriate
citation for the work of others.
b. Students will be responsible for their own work and answers.
c. Honesty will be demonstrated at all times on school property.
4. Class begins when students enter the classroom, and only ends when the teacher
says class is dismissed.
5. Students will remain properly seated and behaved at all times, unless otherwise
instructed by the teacher.
a. Hands, feet, and other body parts, and/or possessions will be kept to ones self
at all times.
Consequences for violating classroom, school, and governmental rules will be fair and consistent
with every student, and due process will be consistently observed in all situations. Rules and
consequences will be appropriate and fair for all students according to IEP and 504 plans, as
agreed to by support team members. Consequences for violating rules will be as follows:
First offense: warning/conference.
Second offense: teacher will call home.*
Third offense: detention.*
Fourth offense: administrative referral.
*these consequences can be interchanged or combined as needed.
**teacher reserves the right to skip steps based on severity of violation.
***all violations and consequences will follow due process and be
documented using classroom violations form.
In class discipline and formal consequences will be applied with a focus on controlling positive
reinforcement, as demonstrated by Dr. Richard Lavoie. Students who are in violation of
classroom rules will be removed from the immediate positive reinforcement of their bad
behavior, rather than receive negative reinforcement through punishment. My personal and
teaching philosophy is based on the premise that discipline is built on the premise that each
person receives what is earned. Positive reinforcement is earned reward, while punishment is
replaced by simply not earning what is desired.