|March 24, 2011
To Whom It May Concern:
I am the Lead Teacher for the Penn Treaty school-based C.A.R.E.
Program. My students, my team members and I have had the good fortune
of becoming acquainted with Mr. Fleisher.
Our first encounter with Mr. Fleisher took place soon after the
beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Mr. Fleisher was one of the
many staff members at Penn Treaty to extend a warm welcome to the C.A.R.E.
Program. Despite the stigma that attaches itself to Programs similar to
ours, Mr. Fleisher demonstrated genuine enthusiasm over the prospect of
working with our students.
I was sure that Mr. Fleisher’s first encounter with our students signaled
resistance on their part. I was very apprehensive. I initially
felt embarrassed by the candor of my students. Mr. Fleisher didn’t
see it that way. When a student confronted him about a physical anomaly,
Mr. Fleisher embraced this as the first opportunity to share a personal
experience with them. By sharing his experience, he immediately began the
process of establishing a bond of trust. . . not only with our students,
but also with all of our staff. We immediately knew he understood
our students; he was friend, not foe. He was neither judge, nor jury.
He was NOT surprised by their behavior . . . he understood! He did
not turn his head in disgust at an ugly duckling; he saw the potential
. . . a swan!
Mr. Fleisher saw each and every encounter with our students as a way
to reach a student who is in trouble or suffering. By sharing his
experiences time and time again, he demonstrated his empathy for their
situations. He very often lent suggestions to help them cope with
life experiences. Whether it was one of Mr. Fleisher’s jokes, his tricks
or his treats, our students came to anticipate the time they spent in room
Mr. Fleisher has always been, and continues to be, an invaluable
resource to any and all who are lucky enough to stumble his way. We at
C.A.R.E. consider it an honor to have become colleagues with one who genuinely
CAREs. No strings attached!!!
Lead Teacher C.A.R.E. Program