New teachers freshly minted from college and looking for their first teaching job, can set themselves apart from their competition by creating a professional, informative cover letter to accompany their resume. The goal should be to emphasize your teaching philosophy, highlight education and discuss what drew you to a wanting a profession in education.
The opening of your cover letter should provide an enthusiastic introduction to who you are, why you became a teacher, and what you can bring to the teaching position you’re seeking. Example:
As a recent graduate of Any University, with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in child psychology, I’m incredibly eager to enter the classroom and begin shaping young minds. I did my student teaching at Any School District, and I discovered that I have an exceptional rapport with fourth graders.
Explain Why You Chose Teaching
Hiring managers, principals and school superintendents want to ensure that the new teachers they hire are in the profession for the right reasons, and will be likely to stay and grow in their school district. Provide an honest assessment of why you became a teacher and what your career objectives look like. Example:
My mother was a teacher for 25 years, and I learned first hand the positive impact a single teacher can have on students over the course of a career. I decided to become an educator, because I’ve come to recognize that effective teachers do more than just teach; they also have the privilege of helping young people shape their outlook on the world.
Reference the Job Description
If you have access to the job description associated with the position you’re applying for, look at the defining credentials and desired qualifications to make sure you address them in your cover letter. Example:
Per your posted job descriptions requirements section, I would like to re-assure you that I operate from a student-centered philosophical perspective. I strive to create an inclusive environment for all students, and I am committed to adapting my teaching style, as necessary, to accommodate the varied learning styles of all of my students.
Develop a strong conclusion to your cover letter by mentioning something that potentially sets you apart, whether that is a well-placed reference, a connection to the school or something that makes you unique. Example:
A dear family friend, Susan Haines, has been a kindergarten teacher at Any Elementary School for 15 years, and she says that she would never dream of working anywhere else. It’s that high praise from an educator I greatly respect, that prompted me to apply for this job.
I actually attended Any Elementary School from 2002 to 2006, and I have the fondest memories of the staff and administration. I would be honored to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater.
While it’s not something anyone would pick up on today, I actually spent my first two years of elementary school as a child with a speech impediment. I received help from caring, qualified teachers, and their devotion and commitment inspired me to follow the same path.
Be sure to include your resume, letters of reference and any other supporting or requested documentation with your application package.