Sample Recommendation Letter for a Teacher

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It’s an honor when a teaching colleague asks for a reference, but do you know how to write one? Or maybe you’re the one applying for a job, and you need to request a reference letter for a teaching job. In either case, knowing how to write a reference letter, and having a sample, will come in handy. Read on for advice on writing a recommendation letter for a teacher, and review the sample as well.

How to Use a Reference Letter Sample

If you’re writing a letter for a teacher, use this sample to guide your own writing. A letter sample can help you decide what kind of content you should include in your letter, as well as how to format it.

While letter samples are a great starting point for your own letter, you should always tailor a letter to fit the particular person you are writing the letter for, and the information he or she asks you to include.

If you’re requesting a reference letter for a teaching position from a colleague or previous boss, you might send this reference letter sample to the writer to help guide their own letter. However, be sure to also provide them with clear instructions on what information you need them to include and give them a resume or list of your skills and experiences to help them write the letter. You don’t want them to simply copy and paste the sample reference letter.

In fact, there are a number of things think about when asking someone for a letter of reference for a teaching job. Review guidelines for requesting a reference letter before you ask your references to endorse you.

Tips on Writing a Reference Letter for a Teacher

Follow business letter format. Use official business letter format when writing your letter of recommendation. If time is of the essence, you might consider sending a recommendation email instead of a letter.

Focus on the job description. Ask the person for whom you’re writing the letter for a copy of the job posting or job description, if you have it. This way, you can focus on the requirements of the position while you write. Try to include language from the job description in your letter. Even if you’re writing a more general recommendation, you can still ask the person about the types of teaching jobs they’re interested in (i.e. what teaching positions, what kinds of schools).

Include specific examples. In the letter, provide examples of ways in which the person demonstrated various positive traits in the past. If possible, use numbers to quantify their successes. For example, “Under Mr. Smith’s guidance, our students’ state test scores improved in Biology by 20 percent.”

Remain positive. When you write the letter of recommendation, be sure to state that you believe this person is a strong candidate. You might say something like “I recommend Ms. Johnson without reservation,” or “I would hire Mrs. Smith again if I could.” You want to help this candidate stand out among all the other prospective candidates.

Share your contact information. Provide a way for the employer to contact you if they have further questions. Include your email address, telephone number, or both. If your reference is in business letter format, your contact information will be at the top of the letter. If you are sending an email reference letter, include your contact information below your typed signature.

Follow the submission guidelines. Ask the person for whom you’re writing the reference how to submit the letter. You may be asked to email it or upload it online. Make sure you follow any requirements, especially about where to send it and when, as well as the format (for example, PDF, physical letter, etc.). Make sure you have the correct address or email address.

Sample Reference Letter for a Teacher

This is a reference letter example for a teacher. Download the reference letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Sample Reference Letter for a Teacher

Mary Haddock
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
555-555-5555
mary.haddock@email.com

March 1, 20XX

Sean Lee
Manager
ABC Consulting Group
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Ms. Lee:

I highly recommend Michelle Johnson as a candidate for the position of fifth-grade lead teacher at your school. As principal of St. Paul's School, I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle for the past five years. She is a driven, organized teacher who develops inspiring relationships with her students.

Michelle has always been driven to develop her skills as a teacher. She came to us a student teacher, eagerly taking up extra responsibilities such as advisor of the school newspaper and was a member of our curriculum committee. She continued to demonstrate this drive through her tenure at our school, even becoming the head of the curriculum committee last year. Michelle embraces any opportunity for professional development, which makes her an ideal leader.

Michelle has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially children. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. She also has excellent written and verbal communication skills with both parents and teachers.

Michelle accomplishes all these tasks with great initiative and with a positive attitude. I recommend Michelle to you without reservation. If you have any further questions with regard to her background or qualifications, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mary Haddock (signature hard copy letter)

Mary Haddock
Principal

St. Paul's School