Sample Cover Letter and Resume for a Teacher

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Cover letters for teaching positions should demonstrate that the candidate has the requisite training, education, and certification for the job, as well as any special skills outlined in the job listing.

You might want to stress skills like communication, critical thinking, and organization, as well as any specific experience that will help distinguish you from the competition. Newer teachers can feel free to mention experience gained during their training and education, as long as it applies to the position.

The usual rules for cover letters apply: give the hiring manager a sense of your experience, skills, and philosophy, but don’t try to tell your whole life story in a few paragraphs. If your resume and portfolio are your highlight reel, your cover letter is the teaser: you want to capture the reader’s attention and make them interested in knowing more. Keep it succinct, and don’t duplicate the information in your resume or CV.

Sample Cover Letter for a Teacher

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, ZIP Code


Contact Name
Organization Name
City, State, ZIP Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

As a graduating honors education major at ABC College, I have a very strong interest in pursuing a teaching career. With experience working at both the elementary and high school levels, as well as in activities outside of the traditional classroom, I have a diverse background with much to offer.

My first classroom teaching experience was during high school when I served as a volunteer elementary school religion teacher at a local church for three years. In addition, I worked for several summers at Sunny Beaches Arts Camp teaching theater, coordinating and staging a play each season.

I have student teaching experience at the first- and fourth-grade levels in both suburban and urban school districts. During these in-service experiences, I particularly enjoyed working with at-risk children. My careful preparation of lessons allowed me to break down complicated concepts to simple examples that my young students could grasp, which was rewarding for both my students and for me.

Last year, while studying in Madrid, I taught English to high school students. Managing the difference of abilities among my students proved difficult, but gratifying, challenge. I tailored activities to maintain the interest of high-level students without intimidating less-skilled English speakers.

My resume is enclosed; I am forwarding an official copy of my transcript along with references under separate cover. I will reach out to you next week to discuss employment opportunities; in the meantime, please feel free to contact me at [insert telephone number] or [insert your email address.]. I look forward to speaking with you.

Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully yours,

Signature (hard copy letter)

FirstName LastName

Teacher Resume Example

The following is an example of a resume for a teacher. It includes teaching experience, certification, and other work experience. Again, it’s a good idea to match your resume to the ad, selecting keywords that appear in the job listing.

This will increase the chances that your resume will make it through the applicant tracking system and to a real person’s eyes.

Joan Applicant
123 Main Street
Chicago, IL 12345
(111) (111 -1111)

Qualifications Summary

Enthusiastic and dedicated Teacher committed to championing quality education for K-6 students.

  • Leverage training and strong in-service experience in classroom management, lesson planning, parent communications, and event coordination to create positive and supportive learning environments.
  • A passionate advocate for identifying the needs and supporting the growth and success of at-risk students.
  • Solid team orientation, partnering easily with principals, other teachers, parents, and support staff to coordinate student events, troubleshoot issues, and promote school spirit.
  • Willing and eager to work after hours to coach student academic and creative arts clubs.


    Teach For America, Chicago, IL
    Instructor, Month 20XX - Month 20XX

    Concurrent with education, developed lesson plans, reviewed and graded in-class and homework assignments, and instructed fourth-grade English students at P.S. 123.

    • Coordinated monthly “Family Fun Night” to build community and gather donations for much-needed classroom supplies.

    Stanislaus College Early Childhood Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Student Teacher, Month 20XX - Month 20XX

    Responsible for leading educational activities for daycare-aged children, including building skills in interactive software and basic reading and writing. Assisted with all other classroom and administrative duties.

    • Worked closely with students’ parents to plan and execute fun seasonal events and field trips including a Halloween party, a harvest celebration at a local farm, and an end-of-the-year “graduation.”

    Camp Ramapo for Children, Rhinebeck, NY
    Month 20XX - Month 20XX

    Monitored special-needs teens (13 to 17 years old) throughout daily activities. Counseled, supervised, and chaperoned camp attendees during daily activities and field trips. Promoted safety and enhanced summer fun and learning experiences.

    • Resided in same quarters as teenage girls, providing residence guidance six days per week.
    • Coached campers in creating and producing an original, outdoor stage play during Parent’s Night.


    Stanislaus College, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Bachelor of Science: Education Studies (Provisional Certification in Elementary Education)
    Bachelor of Arts: Classics; Department Honors

    Universidad Autonóma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
    Advanced studies abroad in Education

    Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAST) & Content Specialty Test (CST)
    Teach for America training and certification

    Fluent in English, Latin, and Conversational Spanish.