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 | email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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What are the keys to a successful teacher cover letter?
A great cover letter will hugely increase your chances of getting through to interview. A bad one will get your application off to the worst possible start. We spoke to Tyson Wood, Australian manager at Smart Teachers, to help you clear that first hurdle with style.
Your cover letter should begin with an opening statement introducing yourself to the employer and emphasising briefly why you are applying for the role. This isn’t the time to go into too much detail; there is plenty of time for that later on.
The beginning of your teacher cover letter should be a strong statement detailing why you chose to apply for that job at that school.
Tyson says: “Introduce yourself and make a clear statement that reflects the purpose of your application.”
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Having mentioned some specifics about the job at the start of your cover letter, now is your chance to really run wild. You can start talking in detail about why you are applying for that role. Be specific about why that teaching job caught your eye and why you think you’re the candidate the employer must hire.
At this point in your cover letter you should be talking about the subject you'll be teaching and your experience in similar roles.
Tyson explains: “Quickly articulate your general suitability, such as relevant subject qualification, experience teaching that subject and, if you have worked in a school similar to one you are applying, comment on that, too.”
After mentioning why you think the position suits you, now is your chance to start to show your knowledge about the school. Make sure you do your research beforehand and explain why you’re the right fit for the job. For example, look at how the school’s vision aligns with your own. Look at the language the school uses in the job description and try to include a few buzzwords.
“Demonstrate an understanding of how to do the job in such a way that will bring benefit to the school you are applying to,” Tyson recommends.
Short and sharp
While you should go into detail about why you’re suitable for the role and the school, make sure you don’t waffle. This isn’t an essay, and a great cover letter shouldn’t be longer than a page of A4. You want to be making succinct points, not writing long, boring sentences.
Tyson adds: “Your points needs to be short and sharp so what is written is clear, concise and jumps out to prospective employers.”
Covering the above points in your teacher cover will give you the best chance of gaining an interview. Once you're through that first hurdle, take a look at our guides on what to wear to a teaching interview and common teaching interview questions you can expect to be asked to help with your preparation.
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