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Sample Letter of Introduction for Teachers
If you’re searching for a teaching job, sending an introduction letter can be a great way to make a first and lasting impression with a hiring manager. Here’s a basic outline to follow as you write your teaching letter of introduction, with examples included.
1. Make an Introduction
State the reason why you’re reaching out and express your knowledge and interest in the school.
“I’m reaching out to inquire about the availability of an elementary teaching position at Smithville School District. Smithville is known for its integrity, collaboration, and innovation, which are all values I strongly align with. I especially like what your district is doing with its “KidsTek” initiative and incorporating technology in the classroom. As a new teacher, I am excited about the opportunity to begin my career in a school system with your outstanding reputation.”
2. Highlight Your Skills and Education
Explain how your career plans, skills, education, or experiences are relevant to the school and how they could coincide with the district's values and goals.
“I recently received my elementary education degree from Western Governors University, where I took courses focused on social and emotional learning, technology, and diversity inclusion in the classroom. While pursuing my education, I also worked part-time as a teacher’s assistant at Gainsbrook Elementary School. This experience taught me how to manage larger class sizes, work with kids of various skill levels and backgrounds, and use technology to encourage learning and retention. In addition, I’ve studied and continue to stay up to date on the latest educational software, such as SMARTboard, Nearpod, and Google Classroom. I believe this knowledge is particularly relevant given your district’s commitment to technology and innovation in the classroom.”
3. Showcase Your Passion
Express your enthusiasm for teaching and the qualities that you feel make you a good fit for the role or school.
“While I’ve always felt driven to be an elementary school educator, the joy I felt from facilitating the growth and development of the students at Gainsbrook only reaffirmed my passion. Although I’ll continue to hone my teaching skills as I work in the classroom, I believe that my enthusiasm, positive attitude, and hands-on experience working with the students at Gainsbrook will make me an excellent educator. I look forward to a career where I can help shape young minds and make a difference in the lives of the kids in my own community.”
4. Reference Other Application Materials
Before you conclude your letter, direct the reader to any additional application materials you’ve attached, and close the letter with a thank you.
“Attached is my résumé, which will give you more information regarding my professional preparation and experiences. If you have any questions or if there’s any additional information I can provide, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I appreciate your time and look forward to speaking with you should a position become available at Smithville School District in the future.”
Sample Letter of Introduction for Recent Teaching Graduates
The following is an example of a teacher introduction letter sent from a recent graduate, to an employer that hasn't advertised a job opening.
Dear Mr. Smith,
I’m reaching out to inquire about the availability of an elementary teaching position at Smithville School District. Smithville is known for its integrity, collaboration, and innovation, which are all values I strongly align with. I especially like what your district is doing with its “KidsTek” initiative and incorporating technology in the classroom. As a new teacher, I am excited about the opportunity to begin my career in a school system with your outstanding reputation.
I recently received my elementary education degree from Western Governors University, where I took courses focused on social and emotional learning, technology, and diversity inclusion in the classroom. While pursuing my education, I also worked part-time as a teacher’s assistant at Gainsbrook Elementary School. This experience taught me how to manage larger class sizes, work with kids of various skill levels and backgrounds, and use technology to encourage learning and retention. In addition, I’ve studied and continue to stay up-to-date on the latest educational software, such as SMARTboard, Nearpod, and Google Classroom. I believe this knowledge is particularly relevant given your district’s commitment to technology and innovation in the classroom.
While I’ve always felt driven to be an elementary school educator, the joy I felt from facilitating the growth and development of the students at Gainsbrook only reaffirmed my passion. Although I’ll continue to hone my teaching skills as I work in the classroom, I believe that my enthusiasm, positive attitude, and hands-on experience working with the students at Gainsbrook will make me an excellent educator. I look forward to a career where I can help shape young minds and make a difference in the lives of the kids in my own community.
Attached is my résumé which will give you more information regarding my professional preparation and experiences. If you have any questions or if there’s any additional information I can provide, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I appreciate your time and look forward to speaking with you should a position become available at Smithville School District in the future.
444 Grand Avenue
Boston, MA 89827
Sample Letter of Introduction for a Teacher with Experience
Below is an example of a teacher introduction letter sent from an experienced teacher to an employer that hasn't advertised a job opening.
I’m reaching out to introduce myself and express my interest in teaching at ABC Academy. As a secondary English teacher for more than nine years, I’ve dedicated my career to helping students of all levels master the language skills and concepts they need to prepare them for life beyond high school, and I’d love to continue that path at ABC Academy.
In my current position, I teach literature, writing, and reading comprehension to students in grades 9 through 12. Over my nine years of teaching, I’ve managed to successfully increase my student’s reading and writing comprehension test scores every year for the last five years.
In my pursuit of lifelong learning, I’ve made it a point to stay up to date on the most current teaching methods, including Cooperative Learning and Flipped Classroom. I’ve also earned an ELL and ESL certification from Western Governors University, where I mastered concepts such as subject-specific pedagogy, language production, and theories of second language acquisition.
Even with the challenges of the current educational landscape, the feeling of watching my students have that “aha” learning moment never gets old. I’m passionate about forging relationships with students that build a sense of confidence and enable them to grow as learners.
I’m extremely enthusiastic about ABC Academy’s focus on language arts and would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the success and continued improvement of your learning initiatives. For this reason, I'd love to learn about any upcoming teaching roles in your district or be considered for any openings later down the road. My résumé is attached, and my contact details are listed in my email signature below.
Thank you for your time, and please let me know if there’s any additional information I can provide for you.
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These Teacher Cover Letter Examples Will Help You Land Your Next Role
Your guide to a killer cover letter that will get you that interview.
Whether you are sending out resumes hoping to land your first teaching job or looking to shift to a new school or district, one fact remains the same: All the best credentials, experience, and passion will go unnoticed without a strong cover letter. The main rule? Sell yourself the way a publicist would. Cover letters aren’t a time for modesty. They’re a time to highlight your accomplishments and make your passion for teaching known. Below you’ll find our tips for creating the best cover letter possible and our top teacher cover letter and CV examples.
3 top tips for crafting a teacher CV or cover letter:
Keep it short and sweet..
You’ve only got about 30 seconds to capture a hiring director’s attention, so start with what we call “the elevator pitch.” Imagine you have the time between the elevators closing on one floor and opening again on another floor to sell yourself. Instead of rehashing everything on your resume, use the space to craft a paragraph or two that will convince them you are a standout candidate and are worth moving on to the next step.
Emphasize why you’re a great match.
Read the job description and find the overlap between the skills you bring to the table with the skills they need. If the job description calls for certain qualities or uses specific language, repeat them in your cover letter! The ultimate goal for your cover letter is to say, “You’ve got a problem? I’m the ideal person to solve it.” Be professional and use concrete examples.
Tailor each and every cover letter to fit the specific school, district, and job for which you’re applying. Research the school and its culture. That way, you can address their expectations and also use specific examples of achievements in your history to show why you’re the right candidate for the position.
Top teacher cover letter examples:
1. first-time teacher.
This letter is friendly and enthusiastic. It uses concrete examples and experiences related to student teaching while showcasing exactly why the applicant wants to become a teacher.
2. Another first-time teacher example
This version of a cover letter calls out the specific skills the applicant has and hopes to bring to the table.
3. Experienced elementary teacher
Not every teacher stays in their job until retirement. If you’re looking for a new position, your cover letter should clearly state your experience. This example also makes it obvious that the candidate researched the new district and discusses why she would be excited to join. The candidate also includes references at the bottom of the cover letter.
4. Another experienced elementary teacher
It doesn’t hurt to have additional examples! This teacher cover letter clearly showcases the school’s goals and addresses how this teacher specifically can help. She did her research!
5. Summer school teacher
As school lets out for summer, many teachers still need to earn an income. With competition tight, this cover letter stands out as the candidate states her qualifications as well as her ability to train other staff members.
6. Assistant teacher
With this letter, the applicant took a slightly different approach. The letter breaks down the most relevant accomplishments into bullet points. Those will jump out at the hiring manager, who will likely scan through a ton of applications.
7. Special education teacher
This letter is similar to a standard teacher cover letter, yet it also stresses the specific qualifications and experiences of a special ed teacher. For example, this candidate included how they modified the curriculum to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. In this particular cover letter example, the teacher was looking to move into a leadership role, so this serves as a template for someone looking to transition into management as well.
8. School counselor
This cover letter emphasizes the applicant’s academic achievements, especially with regard to the psychology education required for many counselor positions. It also talks about the characteristics that make this person the ideal candidate for this position.
9. School guidance counselor
We liked this cover letter because it pulls specific metrics that are not in the resume—including the number of students the candidate worked with and the funding obtained for special needs programs.
10. Library media specialist
This cover letter oozes confidence! As with any specialist position, the candidate hones in on how her specific skills and background make her qualified for this role.
11. High school English teacher
This cover letter covers a lot of ground. It points out the candidate’s strengths for teaching and assessing knowledge in the specific subject. It also presents the special techniques the candidate uses to teach students at the high school level.
12. Technology teacher
Taking a very professional approach to writing a cover letter shows that the contender is serious. This letter points out the specific skills that best prove why this candidate is a great fit for the position.
13. Music teacher
A music teacher requires knowledge of multiple instruments and a love of music and music theory. This cover letter showcases the candidate’s background and why they feel music is an important part of the education experience.
14. Drama teacher
Drama teachers often go above and beyond just teaching a class. They host auditions and rehearsals for after-school productions. This cover letter shows the candidate’s knowledge of curriculum, directing a show, and even marketing efforts!
15. Foreign language teacher
Foreign language teachers need to display their knowledge of the particular language as well as showcase how well they can immerse students in the culture. This cover letter discusses the teacher’s plans to incorporate curriculum as well as help facilitate induction of students into the German Honor Society.
16. Sports coach
This cover letter has a terrific opening line that sets the candidate apart from the get-go. It also clearly covers the candidate’s qualifications, from knowledge and experience to attitude and philosophy. This cover letter example also works well for PE teachers.
17. ESL teacher
Teaching English as a second language obviously requires a distinct skill set. This cover letter showcases key communication skills and lets the hiring director know the specific language fluency.
18. Math teacher
Touching on the highlights of their resume without rehashing it completely (who wants to read something twice?), this candidate points out their qualifications and certifications as well as their versatility in teaching different types of students.
19. Pre-K teacher
Teaching pre-K takes patience, creativity, and flexibility. This cover letter effectively highlights the candidate’s communication and problem-solving skills as well as the personal qualities that make them great at their job.
20. Business teacher
This cover letter provides excellent background about the teacher in a way that’s appropriate for business. It shares the necessary information clearly and concisely.
21. International school teacher
Working at an international school requires a certain skill set, and this letter highlights the teacher’s language skills as well as their ability to create effective lessons on relevant topics while providing students with the support they need to succeed.
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Teacher Cover Letter Example [10 Point Guide]
The education job market is an incredibly competitive landscape for both aspiring teachers and those seeking new roles. With limited openings and rigid qualifications, those in the job hunt are always looking for new ways to stand apart from fellow applicants. Thankfully, there is no better way to effectively represent your abilities and earn yourself an interview than with a well crafted teacher’s cover letter.
However, a cover letter for a teaching position isn’t usually structured like cover letters for general career applications. There are a series of different sections to include, and best practices to follow to help your cover letter stand out. Here is a quick guide to writing your teaching cover letter.
How to Write a Great Teacher Cover Letter
When drafting — and editing and redrafting — your cover letter, there are few things to keep in mind. First, think of a cover letter as the teaser for your resume. It shouldn’t just summarize everything that’s included in the resume, but instead should hook the reader and make them want to know more about you. A cover letter is the opportunity to paint a more complete picture of who you are as a person and an educator, rather than just a laundry list of experience and education. Here are the essential ingredients of a high quality teacher cover letter.
- Header: The header should contain all of your important personal information, including full name, email address, phone number and sometimes physical address. If possible, maintaining the same header design across both the cover letter and resume can really help your materials stand out.
- Date: Date the letter for the day you will be submitting your materials.
- Address of School and Hiring Manager: Include the full formal address of the hiring manager and the school you are applying to, just as you would address an envelope. It’s also helpful to include the phone number and email address for the hiring manager to demonstrate your attention to detail.
- Greeting: “Dear ______,” is the default greeting for all cover letters, so it’s a good one to stick with. if you are unable to find a specific person to address the letter to, “To Whom It May Concern,” is a safe backup plan.
- Body Paragraphs: The main body of the cover letter should include a series of paragraphs detailing the relevant information your potential employer should know about you. While this does include your teaching experience, relevant skills and educational philosophy, it should not just reiterate everything included in your resume. Use these sentences to illustrate your personality, passion for the field and your goals for this position.
- Closing: The final paragraph should concisely wrap up your letter and include a brief thank you, reiterate your interest in the position and include a reference to your resume and list of references.
- Signature: Try to include your actual signature. If you’re submitting a physical copy that won’t be a problem, but if you’re applying digitally you can use Adobe Acrobat to insert your signature.
Beyond the must-include sections of an education cover letter, there are also a few pro tips that will help you stand apart from the other standardized letters:
- Be concise: Hiring managers are likely reading countless cover letters for the same position, so using flowery language and lengthy sentences won’t be effective. Finding a way to concisely state all of your best qualities without coming across as braggadocious will help leave a good first impression with hiring managers.
- Tailor each letter to each role: Odds are that you’re applying to multiple teaching jobs at once. And while it can be time consuming to edit and re-edit your letters for each job, this is an essential step. Hiring managers can sniff out a letter that has been created to be vague enough to work for multiple jobs, and that’s an easy way to get disqualified quickly. Go the extra mile and tailor each letter for each job you want — you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
- Show, don’t tell: Don’t just say that you helped your students meet the standard for reading proficiency — explain the specific steps you took and highlight relevant proof points or statistics to support your claims. This is much more effective than simply stating an accomplishment.
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Here is a teaching cover letter example to help you get started.
[Hiring Manager’s Name]
[123 School Address]
[School’s City, State, Zip Code]
[Hiring Manager’s Telephone No.]
[Hiring Manager’s Email]
Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],
I am writing to express my deep interest in the open elementary-level teaching position in your school district. As a 2020 graduate of the University of San Diego, I have student teaching experience in the third grade in a suburban school district. I believe my teaching pedagogy, classroom experience and passion for school engagement make me an ideal candidate and a perfect fit for your school community.
As an aspiring elementary teacher, I acknowledge that my classroom time is limited. However, I’ve found that my passion for (and commitment to) teaching have only grown with every experience. The feeling of getting through to that student who just wasn’t “getting the hang of it,” or helping students achieve their goals, never gets old.
In my teaching experience, I have taught in a third-grade classroom where I was relied upon to lead English instruction for 23 students throughout the term. This challenged me to adopt distinctive teaching methodologies, document all lessons, organize healthy group discussions and mentor troubled students. I had also previously volunteered as an education coordinator at a local museum, where I was able to create interactive lessons for a wide variety of age groups.
It is clear that your school strives to engage the whole school community, a mission I would seek to support through my out-of-classroom initiatives. I have lots of experience incorporating service projects into my curriculum. As a student teacher I led a unit for third-graders on plant life, and we volunteered to build a community garden for our school that was harvested for school lunches.
Enclosed is my resume for your review. I welcome the opportunity to discuss with you personally how my skills and strengths can best serve your institution. Please contact me at (123) 456-7895 or [email protected]
FAQs About Getting a New Teaching Job
How do i prepare for a new teaching job.
One of the best ways to stand apart from other applicants is to demonstrate your ongoing commitment to improving your craft. While many schools offer varying professional development opportunities, you can also pursue continuing education courses for educators . These courses cover a wide variety of topics — from classroom management to restorative justice to Google classroom — and can really help a resume stand out.
How can I improve my chances of getting a teaching job?
Aside from having robust experience and demonstrable teaching skills, there is no replacement for a well written cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation. Schools want to hire a person, not just a list of accomplishments. Make sure your application materials highlight your strengths and show the hiring manager who you are. This will help you stand apart from other applicants. Secondly, consider reaching out to teachers already working in that school or district. They may have tips that will help you put your best foot forward with that particular hiring director.
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If you’re struggling to write a CV or cover letter for teaching roles, here are some examples to help you stand out, whether you’re a headteacher or NQT
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You’ve heard about the school that’s just right for you. What next? What can you do with your application that will make you a certainty for the short list?
If you need some inspiration on what to include in your teaching CV and cover letter, here are our helpful guides – just remember not to copy them as exact templates.
Cover letter example:
Dear Ms Name,
As a [newly-qualified/experienced] teacher with [number] years experience in a [primary/secondary] school setting, I feel I would be well-suited for the role of [job title] at [name of school]. Please find my CV attached.
The nature of my work in education has prepared me for this position. My interest in [...] stimulated me to lead a project on [...] My role here was to […]. As part of this, I had to liaise with [...] meaning that I have developed skills in [...]. I faced some challenges along the way, such as [...] and overcame them by [...]. The impact of the project overall was [...]. This was measured by/ has been evidenced in [...].
In addition, I have successfully employed a [...] approach/ strategy when teaching and found that this led to many positive student outcomes, such as […]. A key part of my career is helping students reach their potential, which I work towards by focusing on [...] when teaching.
As shown by my experience in schools, I am enthusiastic about education and always strive to do the best for my students. I am able to take on responsibility for learning and have experience of successfully managing a class. I also have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of this role.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you in future.
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CV and cover letter tips:
Always make sure that your CV is up to date, and relevant to the needs of the employer. In teaching, it’s not that you’re going to be one of many recruits shuffled around until you find your niche – you’re a one-off, in your own classroom, responsible for your own pupils from day one. Any CV or cover letter you send, whether speculative or for an advertised position, needs to be sympathetic to each different context.
Your cover letter, the person specification, and the job description are pieces of a complex jigsaw. Sometimes, these pieces need more context and that’s where your research comes in. Look up Ofsted reports, local news reports, school performance information. All these pieces combined make the picture on the box, and you need to take the whole thing into account. Employers know there might be no ideal match, but to get yourself on a shortlist, and be invited for interview, you need to present yourself as close a fit as you can.
If you’re an NQT or RQT (newly or recently qualified teacher), you might think that you don’t have the skills and experience to make strong applications – but this certainly isn’t the case. Schools always need new recruits, and it’s part of their role to develop you. Show them your potential by relating what you have learned from your experiences so far, where the challenges were and how you overcame them, how you’ve made a difference and what you feel you can offer on a personal as well as professional level.
More established colleagues will have more experiences to draw on, but be careful not to fall into the trap of talking about one year’s experience repeated fifteen times – you still need to show a sense of development and further potential. Having a few years’ teaching experience to call on can help your confidence levels, but remember that you’re expected to show that you had an impact, that your own initiatives or methods made changes happen and that those changes became embedded in practice. Explain a problem that you were aware of, how you intervened and what the situation is now like as a result. Be prepared to link this to the ultimate aim of improved pupil outcomes – it’s essentially how all teachers are judged.
The higher up the professional ladder you intend to go, the more guidance and feedback you need on the application you’re about to submit. Friends and contacts in similar positions to the one you’re applying for can offer insights that official descriptions can’t. Don’t stop there, though – talk to people in more senior positions. What would they be looking for if they were recruiting for a similar role? Ask for feedback on your letter, and from people who won’t just give you an easy time. Once you’ve got that feedback, trust it. Be prepared to start again, if necessary, so allow time within the process for this to happen. Dig deep into your motives, your letter needs to reflect the factors in education that really drive you. Think about what makes you smile at work and make sure you put that in.
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Are you looking for a way to stand out from the crowd when applying for English teaching jobs? Writing a great cover letter is key to making a strong first impression. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to write an effective cover letter that will get you noticed by potential employers.
We will cover:
- How to write a cover letter, no matter your industry or job title.
- What to put on a cover letter to stand out.
- The top skills employers from every industry want to see.
- How to build a cover letter fast with our professional Cover Letter Builder .
- What a cover letter template is, and why you should use it.
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Dear Hiring Manager,
I am writing to apply for the English Teacher position at your school. With my enthusiasm for teaching, enthusiasm for learning, and experience teaching students of all ages, I am confident I will be an excellent addition to your team.
I am currently a full-time English teacher at XYZ School, where I have been since 2015. During my time here, I have taught a variety of classes including freshman and senior English classes, creative writing, and literature. I have also been involved in the school’s drama program, where I directed three plays and wrote one of my own.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in English from ABC University, and I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in English Education. I am passionate about teaching and learning and strive to make my classes engaging and inspiring. I believe that my enthusiasm for the subject and my commitment to helping students reach their full potential make me a great fit for this position.
My experience in the classroom and my knowledge of the subject have prepared me to take on the challenges of the English Teacher position at your school. I am confident that I have the skills to help your students reach their goals and excel in the English language.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to discussing my qualifications with you further.
Why Do you Need a English Teacher Cover Letter?
- A English Teacher cover letter is an important document that provides schools with a detailed overview of your qualifications and experience.
- It is the first thing that a school will see when considering you for a teaching position, and it is your chance to stand out from the competition.
- A well-written cover letter will make you stand out to employers and demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job.
- Your cover letter should highlight the skills and experience you have that are relevant to the job, as well as any special qualifications or certifications you have.
- It should also include information about your teaching philosophy and any experiences you have had that have helped you become a better teacher.
- A cover letter is a great way to show schools that you are passionate about teaching and can help you make a great first impression.
A Few Important Rules To Keep In Mind
- Keep it professional: Your cover letter should be professional, so use a formal business letter format.
- Highlight relevant qualifications: Mention qualifications from the job description that you possess.
- Show enthusiasm: Demonstrate your enthusiasm for the position and provide examples of how you can contribute to the success of the school.
- Be concise: Keep your letter to one page, and make sure to include only the most pertinent information.
- Proofread: Make sure to proofread your letter multiple times to make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors.
What's The Best Structure For English Teacher Cover Letters?
After creating an impressive English Teacher resume , the next step is crafting a compelling cover letter to accompany your job applications. It's essential to remember that your cover letter should maintain a formal tone and follow a recommended structure. But what exactly does this structure entail, and what key elements should be included in a English Teacher cover letter? Let's explore the guidelines and components that will make your cover letter stand out.
Key Components For English Teacher Cover Letters:
- Your contact information, including the date of writing
- The recipient's details, such as the company's name and the name of the addressee
- A professional greeting or salutation, like "Dear Mr. Levi,"
- An attention-grabbing opening statement to captivate the reader's interest
- A concise paragraph explaining why you are an excellent fit for the role
- Another paragraph highlighting why the position aligns with your career goals and aspirations
- A closing statement that reinforces your enthusiasm and suitability for the role
- A complimentary closing, such as "Regards" or "Sincerely," followed by your name
- An optional postscript (P.S.) to add a brief, impactful note or mention any additional relevant information.
Cover Letter Header
A header in a cover letter should typically include the following information:
- Your Full Name: Begin with your first and last name, written in a clear and legible format.
- Contact Information: Include your phone number, email address, and optionally, your mailing address. Providing multiple methods of contact ensures that the hiring manager can reach you easily.
- Date: Add the date on which you are writing the cover letter. This helps establish the timeline of your application.
It's important to place the header at the top of the cover letter, aligning it to the left or center of the page. This ensures that the reader can quickly identify your contact details and know when the cover letter was written.
Cover Letter Greeting / Salutation
A greeting in a cover letter should contain the following elements:
- Personalized Salutation: Address the hiring manager or the specific recipient of the cover letter by their name. If the name is not mentioned in the job posting or you are unsure about the recipient's name, it's acceptable to use a general salutation such as "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear [Company Name] Recruiting Team."
- Professional Tone: Maintain a formal and respectful tone throughout the greeting. Avoid using overly casual language or informal expressions.
- Correct Spelling and Title: Double-check the spelling of the recipient's name and ensure that you use the appropriate title (e.g., Mr., Ms., Dr., or Professor) if applicable. This shows attention to detail and professionalism.
For example, a suitable greeting could be "Dear Ms. Johnson," or "Dear Hiring Manager," depending on the information available. It's important to tailor the greeting to the specific recipient to create a personalized and professional tone for your cover letter.
Cover Letter Introduction
An introduction for a cover letter should capture the reader's attention and provide a brief overview of your background and interest in the position. Here's how an effective introduction should look:
- Opening Statement: Start with a strong opening sentence that immediately grabs the reader's attention. Consider mentioning your enthusiasm for the job opportunity or any specific aspect of the company or organization that sparked your interest.
- Brief Introduction: Provide a concise introduction of yourself and mention the specific position you are applying for. Include any relevant background information, such as your current role, educational background, or notable achievements that are directly related to the position.
- Connection to the Company: Demonstrate your knowledge of the company or organization and establish a connection between your skills and experiences with their mission, values, or industry. Showcasing your understanding and alignment with their goals helps to emphasize your fit for the role.
- Engaging Hook: Consider including a compelling sentence or two that highlights your unique selling points or key qualifications that make you stand out from other candidates. This can be a specific accomplishment, a relevant skill, or an experience that demonstrates your value as a potential employee.
- Transition to the Body: Conclude the introduction by smoothly transitioning to the main body of the cover letter, where you will provide more detailed information about your qualifications, experiences, and how they align with the requirements of the position.
By following these guidelines, your cover letter introduction will make a strong first impression and set the stage for the rest of your application.
Cover Letter Body
I am writing to apply for the English Teacher position at your school. With more than 10 years of experience teaching English to students of all ages, I am confident I will be an excellent addition to the team.
I have a deep appreciation for the English language and a passion for helping others develop their English skills. I have taught courses ranging from basic reading and writing to advanced grammar and literature. My lessons are creative and engaging and I strive to motivate my students to reach their full potential.
In my current role, I am responsible for planning and delivering lessons, assessing student progress, and providing individual feedback. I am also well-versed in using online teaching tools and technology to enhance the learning experience. I am familiar with the curriculum and have the ability to develop lesson plans that align with the school’s objectives.
Aside from my teaching experience, I also bring with me strong organizational and communication skills. I am comfortable working with diverse student populations and am adept at using a variety of teaching techniques. I am also committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment.
I am confident I am the right person for the job and would be delighted to discuss further how I can contribute to your team. I have included my resume and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely, [Your Name]
The conclusion and signature of a cover letter provide a final opportunity to leave a positive impression and invite further action. Here's how the conclusion and signature of a cover letter should look:
- Summary of Interest: In the conclusion paragraph, summarize your interest in the position and reiterate your enthusiasm for the opportunity to contribute to the organization or school. Emphasize the value you can bring to the role and briefly mention your key qualifications or unique selling points.
- Appreciation and Gratitude: Express appreciation for the reader's time and consideration in reviewing your application. Thank them for the opportunity to be considered for the position and acknowledge any additional materials or documents you have included, such as references or a portfolio.
- Call to Action: Conclude the cover letter with a clear call to action. Indicate your availability for an interview or express your interest in discussing the opportunity further. Encourage the reader to contact you to schedule a meeting or provide any additional information they may require.
- Complimentary Closing: Choose a professional and appropriate complimentary closing to end your cover letter, such as "Sincerely," "Best Regards," or "Thank you." Ensure the closing reflects the overall tone and formality of the letter.
- Signature: Below the complimentary closing, leave space for your handwritten signature. Sign your name in ink using a legible and professional style. If you are submitting a digital or typed cover letter, you can simply type your full name.
- Typed Name: Beneath your signature, type your full name in a clear and readable font. This allows for easy identification and ensures clarity in case the handwritten signature is not clear.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing an English Teacher Cover Letter
When crafting a cover letter, it's essential to present yourself in the best possible light to potential employers. However, there are common mistakes that can hinder your chances of making a strong impression. By being aware of these pitfalls and avoiding them, you can ensure that your cover letter effectively highlights your qualifications and stands out from the competition. In this article, we will explore some of the most common mistakes to avoid when writing a cover letter, providing you with valuable insights and practical tips to help you create a compelling and impactful introduction that captures the attention of hiring managers. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your career journey, understanding these mistakes will greatly enhance your chances of success in the job application process. So, let's dive in and discover how to steer clear of these common missteps and create a standout cover letter that gets you noticed by potential employers.
- Failing to proofread for spelling and grammar mistakes
- Including irrelevant information
- Having an unprofessional tone
- Not including specific examples of your teaching experience
- Not customizing the cover letter to the job you are applying for
- Sending the same cover letter to multiple employers
- Using a generic salutation
- Including negative information
- Using passive language instead of active language
- Failing to address the requirements of the job
Key Takeaways For an English Teacher Cover Letter
- Highlight your experience teaching English language and literature
- Demonstrate your ability to develop engaging lesson plans and activities
- Showcase your knowledge of classroom management techniques and current educational trends
- Discuss any special qualifications and certifications you have in teaching English
- Emphasize your commitment to student success and your enthusiasm for your profession
Writing a Letter of Introduction for Teaching Jobs
A letter of introduction is a weird job application requirement that I saw all the time during my California submissions. Also known as a “letter of interest” or a “cover letter”, it’s basically what it sounds like—a letter that introduces you to the administrator/district and lets them know why you want to work for them.
When I was crafting my own cover letter, I was overwhelmed when I Googled “teacher letter of interest”. SO MANY RESULTS popped up. What should I write? What should I omit? How long should it be? What should it look like? Should it have a picture? So many thoughts went through my mind.
Now, I am not saying my way is the right way, but I AM saying that my way got me 12 interviews and 3 job offers in Southern California. So…good enough for me 🙂
Here are my best letter of introduction tips:
- I always recommend making a master skeleton letter and then changing out parts that are pertinent to each specific school or district. The idea is that you want to impress the person reading it and prove to them that not only you researched their school/district, but you have qualities and aptitudes that you can bring to help support their mission. If you are applying to a job fair and they request your portfolio to send out to all of the schools/districts, then obviously you’ll just send the master with no district-specific information.
- As for the salutation, I recommend that you make it say, “Dear Administrator:”. Based upon my research when I wrote my own a few years back, this is the most common punctuation (with the colon, because it’s more formal than a comma). You *could* put a specific administrator’s name, if you happen to have it, but oftentimes that information can be hard to find and verify. Even if you do find it, it’s possible that just an HR clerk is looking at the letter, not the HR administrator themselves. Either way, just keep it professional and you’ll be fine.
- Everywhere I’ve read says to NOT put a picture of yourself anywhere in your application package, including your letter of introduction. This is to avoid biases of any kind.
- If you used a template for your resume, then use a matching one for your cover letter. Personally, I purchased a matching resume and cover letter off of Etsy years back and it’s worked great. There is debate between keeping it all black/white or adding color. I split the difference and have mine dark teal accents with black text and white background.
- Add your full name, contact info (phone, email, address, and any EDUCATION RELATED social media handles you have)
- The date goes at the top, along with the school’s address (if it’s a district pool, put the district’s address…if your letter is going to multiple districts at a job fair, omit the address completely)
Here is how I recommend you go about your letter:
Try not to worry about this one too much. I am of the opinion that this letter is very much a formality. Try to make it nice, but don’t haunt yourself over it. Write it, edit it, add specific things for different districts as you apply to them, and move on.
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Teacher Cover Letter Examples + Template 
Teach, inspire, shape people’s minds. Before you do that, you need to land the job of your dreams. With our guide, you’ll have a teacher cover letter that will help you achieve it!
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You’re ready to grab your students’ attention and guide them through their formative scholastic years. But, before you can do that, you’ve got to grab the principal’s attention— with the perfect teacher cover letter. That means treating it like a crucial final exam instead of an unimportant pop quiz.
No worries! With this guide, you'll make a cover letter for teaching positions that deserve an A++ and a big smiley face at the top.
This guide will show you:
- Cover letter examples for teachers better than 9 out of 10 other cover letters.
- The step-by-step plan for how to write a cover letter for a teaching position.
- How to sell yourself in a teacher cover letter to get the teaching job you want.
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If you want to see more of our guides devoted to specific teaching positions, look at the following:
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Teacher Cover Letter Example
4061 Sun Valley Road
Lewiston, WA 83501
Mount High School
1849 Owen Lane
Youngstown, OH 44503
Dear Ms. Williams,
I came across the teaching position at Mount High School and was immediately drawn to apply. As someone who is passionate about education and has a wealth of experience as a teacher, I would be an excellent addition to your team.
During my time at Bayshore Middle School, I developed strong skills in classroom management and curriculum planning. One of my proudest accomplishments was creating a new project-based learning curriculum that saw 20% improvements in both student engagement and test scores. Seeing my students thrive brought me immense joy and satisfaction. As an experienced educator, I am confident I can contribute value to your school community. My passion for creating engaging lesson plans, combined with my communication skills, will allow me to effectively collaborate with colleagues, parents, and students alike.
I am thrilled about the opportunity to join Mount High School, which has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and innovative teaching practices. The school's commitment to providing students with an exceptional education experience while fostering their personal growth aligns perfectly with my own educational philosophy.
I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person or over video call to discuss how my qualifications align with the needs of Mount High School.
That's how you do it. Now, let's move on and show you how to write a teacher cover letter like that.
What to Include in a Teacher Cover Letter
You've created a great teacher resume , and now it's time to write a cover letter for teaching positions to attach alongside. Remember that it is still a formal letter, so you need to follow a certain cover letter layout .
Here’s what you should include in teacher cover letters:
- your contact information, including the date you're writing it
- the school’s (addressee’s) details
- a cover letter greeting (e.g., Dear Principal Johnson)
- an opening cover letter statement that grabs their attention
- a short paragraph on why you’re perfect for the school
- a short paragraph on why the teaching position is perfect for you
- a closing cover letter statement that seals the deal
- complimentary close (e.g., Regards, Sincerely) and your name
- a postscript
Here, we’re following our recommended structure on the elements of the perfect cover letter for teaching jobs. To read more about the method behind our madness, see this article: What to Include in a Cover Letter
1. Address Your Teaching Cover Letter
A teaching cover letter begins at the top with the cover letter heading area . This is where you’ll put your personal information. Its look and design may vary depending on the cover letter template that you use. Go for the design that you used for your resume.
First, add and left-align your contact info at the top of the cover letter. Must-haves include:
- your full name
- email address
- and phone number
An optional item is your mailing address.
Inserting the date of writing is necessary on any formal letter, such as a teacher cover letter.
Next, add the addressee. Personalize it by adding the name of the superintendent or principal. Follow that with the school or academy you’re applying to and its address.
Here’s what the finished cover letter address area could look like:
Not addressing your cover letter correctly is just as detention-worthy as not including one at all. Make sure you get yours right, whether it’s a teaching assistant cover letter, substitute teacher cover letter, or other such letters of interest: How to Address a Cover Letter
2. Open Your Cover Letter for a Teacher Eloquently
Knowing how to start a cover letter for teachers is super important to get right, as its location gets the most eye time.
On your teaching cover letter, call the principal or superintendent by name. Something like “ Dear Principal Jackson ” works just perfectly for a cover letter greeting , but you can also segue from the formality in the address area by calling them by their first name: “Dear Jacqueline.”
Now, what about that “ Dear ” part? Dear is one of the best cover letter salutations, but there are alternatives. Read: How to Start a Cover Letter
Like the first line in a well-written novel, the opening paragraph should hook the principal immediately in a way that makes them want to hear more.
Let’s look at an example of a great elementary teacher cover letter opening:
The sample teacher cover letter introduction is written to the school, specifically (notice the school's name mentioned). It also works because it gives them an inkling of why you'd be the perfect teaching addition to the department.
Pro Tip : As you called out their name in the address, mention the school’s name in the opening paragraph, as well. It feels more personalized and assures the principal that they’re reading a dedicated cover letter.
For other ways to go about your introductory statement, see: How to Write the Perfect Cover Letter
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3. Describe the Perfect Partnership in the Teacher Cover Letter Middle Part
Time to sell them on why you’re the perfect teaching candidate out of that stack of 250 others , the way your best pupils perform in the school fundraiser.
But don’t worry. The next two paragraphs give you plenty of real estate to make your case. Though they’re opposites, these sections have a symbiotic, yin-yang-type relationship, like a compass and protractor.
Why You’re Perfect for Them
You’ve got them hooked. Time to reel them in with your teacher cover letter. Show them how you are the perfect fit for the school and faculty by exhibiting your most significant teaching achievements.
Here’s what an applicant might say on a sample school teacher cover letter:
See that? With that paragraph, you show that your acquired skills and experience would make you the ideal new hire for the teaching job offered.
Pro Tip : Remember to use keywords on your resume to ensure that it’s tailored. Add them to your teaching cover letter, as well. Oh, and make sure you use the best cover letter fonts so they can read it!
Why They’re Perfect for You
You told them why you’re the best possible future faculty member, so now it’s time to explain why this school is the perfect choice for you:
How about that? You praised the learning institution and explained why they are the center of your educational universe—who can resist that?
We’ve got a wealth of tips on these two central paragraphs and on writing a teacher cover letter that will let you stand out: 35+ Successful Cover Letter Tips, Advice & Guidelines
Pro Tip : Say you want to apply at a school, but there are no academic jobs listed. This is when you send what’s called a letter of interest for teaching positions, also known as a letter of inquiry.
4. Add a Compelling & Strong Finish to Your Cover Letter for Teaching Positions
You started off strong, and you kept that momentum going. Now, don’t quit just yet—it’s time to summon a second wind and cross that finish line in first place with a powerful closing statement.
This is the right moment to reiterate your value as a new hire.
Use a closing paragraph in your teacher cover letter to sum up briefly:
See that? You bring it to a satisfying end by summarizing your cover letter for teachers and then leaving the ball in their court.
Add a closing sentiment and your name, and then you can let out a sigh of contentment at your accomplishment, like one of your kids when they finally finish their homework for a three-day weekend.
Here’s how easy that is:
Not much to it, right? That closing sentiment (“ Sincerely ” in this case) is called a complimentary close (or complimentary closing), which is then followed by your name to end the cover letter.
Closing strong on a cover letter is just as critical as an attention-grabbing beginning. Read this for more examples: How to End a Cover Letter
5. Don't Forget to Add a Postscript to Your Teacher's Cover Letter
Adding a P.S., though unnecessary, is a great hack when writing a cover letter. Every great teacher cover letter should include a postscript.
Let me show you what it is:
What do you think? A P.S. (postscript) at the bottom of your cover letter always draws the attention of the reader, even if they don’t read the rest of it. It’s a clever way to get one last word in edgewise before they finish.
After this brief lesson, you know well what everyone needs to know before they start writing their cover letters for teachers. And as you can see, writing them is certainly not as complicated as you thought—and definitely nowhere near as tough as the magic you’ll perform daily on the job.
Remember to follow these key points for a successful teaching cover letter:
- Start with a bang : Your opening statement on your cover letter is important because it’ll determine if the principal reads on.
- Show you belong together : Use the majority of the body area to show that you’re a perfect fit for the school and they’re the ideal workplace for you.
- Finish strong : You held their attention till the final bell, but use a strong ending so they’ll be sure to move on to your resume and an interview.
Now, just send your application and prepare for the interview!
Any questions on how to write a teaching cover letter? Not sure how to address, start your body paragraphs, or end your teacher cover letter in a strong way? Get at us in the comments below, and we’ll answer your question. Thanks for reading!
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