Teacher cover letter sample
Could your cover-letter writing skills use some extra help? If so, get ideas from this sample cover letter for an elementary school teacher.
To be considered for top teaching jobs, you need a cover letter that makes the grade. Whether you're an elementary teacher or substitute teacher, preschool teacher or high school teacher, or even an ESL teacher, your teaching cover letter should help demonstrate your skills and experience. View this cover letter sample for a teacher to get ideas on how you can improve your own cover letter.
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55 Oak St., Sometown, OH 44101 | 216-555-5555 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Loretta Smith
ABC Public Schools
55 School Lane
Sometown, OH 44101
Dear Dr. Smith:
Ever since I started teaching at the elementary school level, I have been passionate in my commitment to three things: maximizing individual student performance, inspiring students’ interest in technology and instilling a sense of self-worth among all students. I have dedicated my career to each of these pursuits, as my enclosed resume will attest.
That’s why I was excited to see the advertisement on Monster for an elementary teacher in your district. ABC Public Schools has earned a positive reputation for celebrating diversity, achieving academic excellence and using technology as a learning tool. It would be an honor to teach your students and serve a district that maintains high educational standards and provides students with opportunities for personal growth.
My qualifications include 12 years of elementary teaching experience, MEd and BS degrees in elementary education, and a current senior professional educator (middle childhood) license in the state of Ohio.
In my most recent position as elementary educator for DEF Public School District, I developed and taught 4th and 5th grade curricula. For more than 10 years, I provided effective classroom management, creative lesson plans, detailed student evaluations and highly praised instructional delivery. As an enthusiastic volunteer, I founded and grew the school’s after-school technology club, an innovative program that covered diverse technology areas -- from Internet security best practices to PowerPoint tutorials. The program became so popular that it was the school’s only after-school program that was consistently filled to capacity.
Although I enjoyed my tenure at DEF Public School District, my position was eliminated last May following a round of layoffs. I am eager to resume my teaching career and would be delighted to interview for this opportunity. Please feel free to contact me at 216-555-5555 or email email@example.com to set up a meeting.
Thank you for your interest and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Enclosures: Resume, three reference letters, proof of licensure and college transcripts
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According to Boston College, school principals usually spend more time reading a prospective teacher's cover letter than do administrators in other industries. How well teachers communicate is critically important, so principals will evaluate your ability to express yourself succinctly and professionally from your cover letter. Although more detailed information will be contained in your resume, your cover letter should be designed to highlight your most impressive accomplishments and make the reader interested in knowing more about you professionally. It will help get you the interview you need to get the teaching job you want.
Presentation and Style
Your cover letter must look professional. Avoid unusual fonts that might detract from your content. Your spelling and grammar must be flawless, as most principals will stop reading after the first typo. Use a standard font size, usually 12-point; don't use an extra-small font because you are trying to cram too much information on one page. Include your name, address and phone number at the top of the letter --- principals don't have time to waste. Once they decide to call you for an interview, they'll want your contact information readily accessible.
Passion for Teaching
Convey your passion for teaching in your cover letter. Most candidates applying for the position will have the necessary certification. What will help you stand out in the crowd is your enthusiasm for the profession and your genuine love of the students. Briefly mention why you chose the profession and what you love most about teaching. Talk about your work ethic -- how often you willingly stay late at school to volunteer for extracurricular activities as well as the extra time you spend preparing creative lessons. Principals want to know that you are student-centered; give them evidence that demonstrates your commitment to the kids.
Highlight the accomplishments and experiences that demonstrate your expertise in your cover letter. If you received excellent teaching reports, either as a student teacher, or in previous employment, mention this. Principals want to know if that you have had exceptional success with students. Briefly relate an anecdote that reveals your outstanding background. For example, if you started a chess club at your previous school and led the students to a regional win, tell about it. Mention other examples to show you have gone above-and-beyond what other teachers do.
Do some research to find out all you can about the school district and the specific school you are applying to. Tailor your cover letter to draw attention to the things in your resume that are a particularly good fit. For example, if the district offers several different types of teacher-mentorship programs, briefly mention how you were positively affected by a teacher-mentor you had and how you are looking forward to ongoing mentoring in your new position. If you are applying to an inner city school, draw the principal's attention to your previous experience helping disadvantaged youth. If the school has a strong athletic program, mention your dedication to physical fitness and your willingness to participate in their sports program.
About the Author
Freddie Silver started writing newsletters for the Toronto District School Board in 1997. Her areas of expertise include staff management and professional development. She holds a master's degree in psychology from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, focusing on emotions and professional relationships.
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