Dear Principal Ward:
My name is Lucy Morris and I have been teaching first grade at ABC Elementary School in Washington D.C. for the past 5 years. I am preparing to move to Charlottesville, Virginia over the summer and I am applying for an elementary teacher position at Charlottesville Primary School. I am certified and willing to teach any grade, kindergarten through fifth in order to work at Charlottesville Primary.
Your school has a stellar reputation as well as exceptional test scores, and it would be my privilege to be part of your teaching staff. Although ABC has a high attrition rate among all students, my classes still managed to have standardized test scores higher than the national average. I worked extremely hard to help my students succeed in first grade and develop an appreciation for reading that hopefully will stay with them throughout their lives.
I am fluent in both Spanish and French as well as American Sign Language, and I teach my students some key words and phrases in all 3 languages. My current school district has suffered budget cuts; therefore we no longer are able to offer our students art or music classes. For this reason, I do my best to incorporate some art and music into the standard curriculum. I believe it is important for students to engage in cultural activities that complement their academic work.
My application, rйsumй and a reference letter from my current principal are all enclosed. I hope that you will review my information and consider my qualifications when you need to hire another teacher. I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Elementary Education and will have that completed in one more year. I am available for an interview any time this summer. Please feel free to contact me at (555)-555-5555 or email me at [email]
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This elementary teacher cover letter example is from an individual who just graduated from college with a degree in early childhood education. She is completing applications and sending out resumes to numerous schools in her area, including the one where she did her student teaching, as she seeks a job.
Dear Principal Kelly:
My name is Heather Eastman and I was one of your student teachers last year. Although I am aware that there are no openings for permanent teaching positions at this time, I know that the county has grown considerably over the last 12 months and you may have to add more classes after school starts. I have enclosed my application, resume and letter of reference from Ms. Diana Lawrence, the teacher with whom I worked at ABC Elementary last year, and I hope that you will consider me for a teaching position should one become available.
I so enjoyed working at ABC during my semester of student teaching. It was a pleasure working with the students, parents, teachers and administrators. The atmosphere that has been created at ABC is one of team work and enthusiasm which gives students a love for learning and makes parents want to be involved. The result is academic excellence which produces students who go on to do great things and it would be my honor and privilege to be a part of the ABC team of teachers. I believe I would be an excellent fit should you have a position open up later in the year as I am confident I have the level of energy and commitment to educating children that is necessary to thrive at ABC.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude from ABC City State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have passed my state boards and received my certification and I am confident that I am ready for the classroom. I went through the background check and drug testing necessary for a student teacher and am prepared to go through any other checks that are necessary. I believe that I would be an excellent choice for a teaching position at ABC because I am already familiar with many of the staff and children. Please consider my qualifications and contact me if you have a position later. I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This elementary teacher cover letter example is from a third grade teacher who works in an affluent suburban school. She has a burden for underserved children and desires to transition to a more academically challenged inner city school system. She is applying for open positions at several urban elementary schools.
Dear Principal Evans:
My name is Erin Reynolds and I currently teach third grade at Country Club Elementary School. I have been there for the past 4 years since graduating with honors from State University in 2009. I enjoy my work here tremendously; however I have a great desire to work with elementary school students who have fewer advantages and more challenges in their homes. I believe I can make a difference in their lives through a healthy combination of compassion and discipline.
I saw your ad on the county website for an opening at ABC Elementary School and feel that this is exactly what I am meant to do. I am energetic and enthusiastic about teaching children and am confident that I can help them channel their naturally inquisitive natures into a love for learning. I realize that these may seem like lofty goals, but I have given this transition much thought and I am committed.
My application, rйsumй and a letter of reference from my principal, Mrs. Joanne Lee, are attached. Mrs. Lee heartily supports me in this endeavor to transfer to an inner city school. I have done some research into working with at risk children and also look forward to your school system orientation for more information should you choose to hire me.
Although I have been teaching third grade for the past 4 years, I am certified and very happy to teach any elementary grade from kindergarten through fifth. I have developed some strategies that have been effective in raising my students’ standardized test scores and believe with some tweaking these strategies can work in any classroom.
Please review my enclosed application, rйsumй and reference letter. I am available for a personal interview at your convenience. I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration and I hope to have the opportunity to teach the children at ABC Elementary School.