Enclosed are excerpt from Mrs. Malan's  References. As you will see Mrs. Malan has been involved with Preschool aged Children for many years and has an outstanding reputation in this field. She is very highly recommended and has earned the respect of her students, their parents and her colleagues.



Foothills Alliance  - Preschool Director  Marjorie Wigmore

Board Member of Foothills Alliance  - Jennifer Lockhart

April 11, 2011

To Whom It May Concern

Re: Letter of Reference & Recommendation for Gerda Malan

I have worked with Gerda Malan for seven years as the Director and Teacher at the Foothills Alliance  Preschool. However, she has been in our school since 2003 also teaching a kindergarten class. I have found her to be an  Amazing teacher– very organized, efficient, considerate, approachable, and of utmost spiritual convictions.

She is very musical and has added a wonderful “Music and Movement” element to both her kindergarten and preschool daily program.

To Whom it May Concern:

It  is a pleasure to write  a letter of recommendation for Gerda Malan. Gerda has taught at the Foothills Alliance Pre-School & Kindergarten since 2003.

She was instrumental in establishing the Junior Kindergarten  Program that continues to be used at the school and which other schools in Calgary model their Junior Kindergarten Program After.

The Golden Rule was taught through modeling, by using teachable moments to help her students understand how to treat others with respect and kindness, and by instilling the importance of manners.

However when she need to discipline a student, she did so with love care and a desire to see a positive change in future behaviour

Gerda’s lessons captivated the student’s imagination and she planned regular educational field trips . My son loved when Gerda would play the piano for them and sing with them. She encouraged the students to get involved through the use of a variety of musical instruments and movement to the music.

As a board member of Foothills Alliance School, I am sorry to see Gerda leave our school. However, she is an amazing and gifted teacher and I know  that she and her husband are acting on God’s call in this  impending move.

Gerda was a blessing to the students, parents, and staff at Foothills and I know that she will be an outstanding educator in any school.

Principal of Foothills Alliance  - Miriam Quapp

May 7, 2011

To Whom It May Concern

I am pleased to write this reference letter for Gerda Malan. Gerda has taught part-time at the Foothills Alliance School since 2003.

I would like to share some of Gerda’s teaching strengths with you.

Gerda’s program is very well organized. Her theme oriented teaching focuses on enhancing every area of a child’s development; social, spiritual, physical, academic, and emotional. Gerda’s classroom is a safe, fun and nurturing environment where children know they are valued.

Many parents make positive comments about the number of songs their children have learned and how they love to sing them at home. To watch Gerda’s students perform at special events is a treat for everyone.

Gerda is a valuable part of Foothills Alliance School staff and we are sorry to see her leave. She is professional, competent, and has many excellent educational experiences to draw from. She is caring and supportive of students, parents and staff members.

Education Coordinator Big Plans for Little Kids- Jodi Spademan

April 11, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

I feel privileged to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of Gerda Malan. I am an education coordinator and have worked closely with Gerda at Foothills Alliance Preschool, since September.

Gerda always interacts with children in a gentle, loving manner, yet at the same time is able to set expectations and standards, which enable each child to reach their full potential and to achieve academic and social success. She always operates as a Christian role model, and incorporates the Christian faith and teachings throughout her class.

Gerda has worked with me and my team, to adapt learning situation and expectations to children that are challenged in various ways (whether speech-language, fine or gross motor, and /or behavioural). Gerda always displays respect for both the child and the parents. Gerda is very well respected by the children and the parents, each year, parents request to have their children in Gerda’s classroom. Gerda is truly an outstanding teacher.

Foothills Alliance Preschool Assistant Teacher – Lori-Anne Benoit

April 29, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

It is my pleasure to recommend Mrs. Gerda Malan as a preschool teacher. She will be a valuable member to any preschool.

Mrs Malan has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially children. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching age-appropriate concepts are both truly superior. She has placed an emphasis on incorporating music into the classroom by playing the piano, having the children play many musical instruments and incorporating music together with movement. Mrs. Malan leads by example and I personally find her enthusiasm and dedication to teaching both inspiring and motivating.

Foothills Alliance Preschool Teacher Administrator – Terri Calder

April 14, 2011

Re: Gerda Malan

To Whom It May Concern:

Gerda has a friendly disposition and is well liked by the parents, children, and her co-workers. She constantly conducts herself in a professional manner. In her role as a teacher, Gerda has shown herself to be accommodating, organized, and efficient. One of her major contributions to the school is her incredible music ability and how she shares that with the children in her classes.

Foothills Alliance Preschool  Educational Board Member – Ruby Johnson

To Whom It May Concern:

Gerda is a very godly lady who has a compassionate, loving heart for everyone especially children. You can just tell she loves her students and they in turn love her. Gerda conducts her classes with such professionalism. She has excellent relations with the parents. She is always open to discuss any problems that may arise with any of her students. She is truly respected as a competent, experienced teacher and has a wonderful way of dealing with children and making them work for her.

She loves teaching music and has worked with our children using the piano, musical instruments as well as movement to music.

Mrs Malans Music & Movement Preschool

Learn and Play in our Music Environment!