Dr. Van Riper,

I have been thinking of you a great deal this week.  Last night, I completed my final proofread on my Capstone Paper and emailed it to my advisor for review and approval.  I have a meeting with her by Zoom on Monday, and hopefully, it will be ready to officially submit by Wednesday.

I wanted to let you know that you were a tremendous influence on me.  I’m grateful to have had your hands be a part of shaping the teacher that I am becoming.

I wanted to share with you the draft I sent for approval last night.  I hope you can see your influence in it.

Thank you so very much,


Dr. Irene began tutoring our son shortly after being diagnosed dyslexic at age 9. She not only understood his dyslexic brain and his frustrations but also his strengths and how to harness those strengths to improve his most basic reading skills. Her knowledge, experience and understanding of how a dyslexic child needs to be taught to read and what challenges they will face are so extensive that he never would have made the progress he did without her help, patience, knowledge and guidance. – Teresa

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