Cover letter for a substitute teacher (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a substitute teacher.”

Samples of substitute teacher cover letters

To get a position as a substitute teacher, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a substitute teacher cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Substitute teacher cover letters”

“Ebony Moore

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

As an experienced teacher with a passion for English and history, I thrive on finding creative and engaging ways to share the joys of learning. I’m excited by the opportunity to bring this enthusiasm to the Substitute Teacher position at Cloud Clearwater. I believe my skills and experience will help Cloud Clearwater’s students achieve their goals.

As a Substitute Teacher at River Tech for the past three years, I developed lesson plans, led class discussions and supervised extracurricular activities for the K-12 program. I excelled at creating interactive lesson plans, managing classrooms and encouraging students’ curiosity as they explored new ways to engage with their lesson material. In 2016, I was nominated for the district’s Educator of the Year. I was praised for developing creative, hands-on activities that encouraged a collaborative learning environment.

With more than six years of experience as a Substitute Teacher, I understand the challenges of taking charge of a new and unfamiliar classroom. I’m adept at grasping new course material, earning the respect of students, maintaining order in the classroom, and navigating the obstacles that naturally arise from a shift in students’ normal routines. I have been commended by school leadership for my ability to think on my feet, anticipate students’ needs and effectively address behavioral issues.

I’m excited about this opportunity and would be delighted to learn more about Cloud Clearwater’s Substitute Teacher position. I’m eager to discuss how my expertise as a certified English teacher can enrich the learning experience of students at Cloud Clearwater.


Ebony Moore”

Sample 2: “Substitute teacher cover letters”

“Tiffany Walton

Substitute Teacher

3624 Shinn Street

New York, NY, 10019


New York, 2/25/2019

Principal Luke James

Hudson Middle School

2965 Farnum Road

New York, NY, 10010

Dear Luke,

As a licensed substitute teacher with 3+ years of experience in sub-teaching various subjects in K-12 age groups, I was thrilled to see your opening for a substitute at Hudson Middle School. In my previous position, I fulfilled an array of short-term substitute teaching requirements and received 97% positive feedback from fellow educators. I’ll be happy to continue my subbing journey at your school as I highly value the open teaching culture your institution presents.

I know that you’re looking for a substitute teacher ready to continue with the lesson plans at a moment’s notice. While working for schools in the New York #20 School District, I had to be flexible and always prepared for attending the duties appointed on the spot. I received a commendation from the Van Gogh Middle School principal for the repeated capability to arrive at school ready to take over teachers’ responsibilities and get on with the curriculum.

What I’m also excited about in subbing is a chance of meeting students with a variety of backgrounds and learning needs. I always try to treat each student individually and address their problems directly. To be able to adapt to different educational settings and better understand students’ needs, I’ve decided to take a course in Early Child Development at CUNY City College.

Could we schedule a call or a meeting next week to discuss how I could fulfill the temporary teaching roles available at Hudson Middle School?


Tiffany Walton


Sample 3: “Substitute teacher cover letters”

“Dear Mary Stevens,

Your posting regarding your search for a substitute teacher at Rosewood Middle School really caught my eye. As a patient, adaptable, and experienced educator with a passion for learning and a cheerful disposition, I believe I would be a great fit for your school.

In the posting, you mentioned that you are seeking a positive candidate who can bring energy and enthusiasm to the classroom. I strongly believe in every student’s ability to succeed and am very passionate about inspiring others to learn. I understand the unique challenges that come with stepping in for another teacher. From getting a handle on the course material for the day to earning the respect of a classroom full of unfamiliar students, there’s a lot that has to be done on short notice. I believe I am well-prepared to handle these obstacles. My relaxed and flexible personality keeps me calm under pressure, and my ability to think on my feet allows me to adapt to the needs of each individual class. In previous positions, I have been able to manage classrooms with few problems, and when behavioral issues have arisen, I have handled them fairly and effectively.

I hope you’ll agree that my qualifications and experience mean I would be well-suited to this position. I look forward to speaking with you more about how I could bring my positive attitude and flexibility to your classrooms. Thank you for your consideration.

John Doe”

Sample 4: “Substitute teacher cover letters”

“Dear Mr. Martin:

As a skilled and enthusiastic teacher with experience implementing lesson plans and communicating effectively with diverse middle school students, it is my pleasure to submit the enclosed resume for your review. My background and passion for education position me to significantly impact your school in the role of a Substitute Teacher at Cedar Lane Middle School.

Classroom management, cross-functional collaboration, and innovative educational techniques are just a few of the areas in which I excel. By teaching students across a range of subjects and capacities, I have honed my communication, creativity, and motivational skills. My inherent passion for fostering collaborative and exciting educational environments has successfully encouraged and developed productive, thoughtful, and accomplished young students.

Highlights of my qualifications include:

Creating and implementing hands-on educational activities and programs to facilitate a fun, personalized approach to education while stimulating students’enjoyment and appreciation for learning.

Adhering to regular lesson plans and guidelines to maintain consistent classroom environments during normal teacher’s absence.

Building and sustaining strong student relationships, encouraging student queries, comments, and concerns and laying the foundation for a dynamic and exciting classroom environment.

Possessing a Bachelor’s degree in Education, as well as current North Dakota state teaching certification.

With experience and credentials, I am well prepared to dedicate myself to the highest standards of learning at your school and exceed your expectations in a Substitute Teacher role. I look forward to discussing my qualifications in further detail. Thank you for your consideration.


Tammy Sanches”

Sample 5: “Substitute teacher cover letters”

“Dear Mr. Harkness,

After a 24-year career as a high school Spanish teacher, I have been working as a substitute teacher for the past two years and believe I would make a great addition to your agency.

In my career as a substitute teacher thus far, I have experienced a variety of language teaching challenges covering sixteen different schools over four districts,and have taught pupils from 9th grade and up. Consistency of learning is key with high school students and I always strived to enhance my students’ knowledge of the curriculum rather than tread academic water with them. A blend of new learning and revision is best when there is a new teacher in the room.

Being a substitute teacher in a language setting is tough because you have to quickly “read” the classroom in terms of ability levels – understanding the students who are able to model the right language is an important starting point. My calm and relaxed personality allows me to put any new class at ease and my enthusiasm for Spanish ensures that my lessons are never dull. A different approach in the classroom can sometimes be a breath of fresh air.

Part of my substitute teaching has involved taking on extra classes with students who were struggling with grammar. I have developed unique speaking-led ways of assimilating the trickier aspects of the Spanish language and my experience with a hugely wide range of pupils has allowed me to create an effective approach.

I have previously assisted with school basketball and swim teams, organized concerts and coordinated parental events. Teachers contribute to their school outside the classroom as well, so I get involved where I can.

I would love the opportunity to discuss how my methods can make a real difference to my students. When you are learning a language, every lesson matters.


Sherri Waters”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of substitute teacher cover letters

How do you introduce yourself in a teacher cover letter?

Example: “My name is Henry Applicant, and I’m applying for the open teaching position listed on LinkedIn.”

What are the requirements for a substitute teacher?

Substitute Teacher Skills

  • Teaching skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Stamina and resilience
  • Effective communication
  • Organization and planning
  • Presentation skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy

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