Teacher Cover Letter Example and Writing Tips

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Are you applying for a job as a teacher? Use your cover letter to highlight related experience and past achievements.

Read below for tips on how to write a cover letter for a teaching position, and see an example of a cover letter for a teaching job.

How to Use a Cover Letter Example

A cover letter example helps you with the layout of your letter. Examples also show you what elements you need to include in your letter, such as introductions and body paragraphs.

Along with helping with your layout, cover letter examples can help you see what kind of content you should include in your document. They can give you ideas on the type of language you want to use. For example, a sample resume might show you the kind of action words you should include in your own cover letter.

Use a cover letter example as a guide to your own letter, but do not simple copy an example. You should tailor your cover letter to fit your own work history, and the job for which you are applying.

Tips for Writing a Cover Letter for a Teaching Job

Emphasize your achievements. Include examples of your accomplishments in past jobs as a teacher. For example, if your students earned high state test scores, or if you received a teaching award, mention these successes.

Mention any training or certifications. In your cover letter, you might also include information on relevant certification and training.

This will demonstrate that you are qualified for the job.

Include related work outside the classroom. If you have non-teaching work or volunteer experience that involves working with children, you can highlight this in your cover letter as well. You especially might want to do this if you have limited teaching experience.

Individualize your cover letter. Be sure to tailor each cover letter to fit the specific school and job listing. One way to do this is to research the school, and mention why you think you’d be a good fit for that specific school.

Cover Letter Example for a Teacher

FirstName LastName
87 Washington Street
Smithfield, CA 08055
555-555-5555 (h)
123-123-1234 (c)
name@email.com

Date

Mr. John Doe
Smithfield Elementary School
Main Street
Smithfield, CA 08055

Dear Mr. Doe,

I am interested in applying for an elementary-level teaching position in your school district. As a 20XX graduate of XXX College, I have student teaching experience on the third- fourth-, and sixth-grade level, in both suburban and urban school districts. I believe my teaching experience and passion for community engagement make me an ideal candidate for a teaching position at your school.

I have experience teaching elementary-level students in a variety of settings. I am currently teaching third-grade children at an inner-city charter school. As a former education coordinator at a local museum, I also have experience teaching fourth-grade students in a small suburban school system. Your school emphasizes its unique position as a school that caters to both inner-city and suburban students, so I think my varied experiences would make me an asset to your program.

Your school also strives to engage students in the larger community. I have lots of experience incorporating community service projects into my classrooms. For example, as a student teacher, I led a unit for third-graders on plant life, and we volunteered at a local community garden. I would love to find ways to integrate service learning into my lesson plans.

It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent teacher who will make a positive contribution to your school district and larger community. I would welcome an interview and hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Signature (hard copy letter)

FirstName LastName

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