Cover letter for a teacher (5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for a teacher.”

Examples of cover letters for a teacher

When applying for a teaching position, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for a teacher”

“Dear Hiring Manager,

I am excited to be applying for a teaching position at St. Helena University. As someone who loves education, possesses excellent organizational skills and can connect easily with students, this is the perfect opportunity for me to continue my professional development. I believe that my experience and passion for teaching would be the ideal fit for the philosophy and resources offered by your institution, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to join your team.

I have been a classroom teacher for the past 10 years in various capacities and grade levels. In each class that I have taught, 100% of my students passed their exams and improved their scores comparatively. On top of that, I received the Teacher of the Year award twice and was highly rated by parents and students alike.

I enjoy the challenge of teaching students academically but also helping them to thrive socially. As a team player, I have joined and participated in committees and school improvement projects to help build a better environment for students and staff alike.

Thank you for considering me for this position, and I hope that my accompanying resume will give you a better sense of the type of teacher I am. I look forward to meeting you in person and sharing with you my teaching philosophy while learning more about this job opportunity. I am a committed lifelong learner and I will continue to grow as a teacher and in my knowledge of subject matter throughout my time at your school.


Annalise Sinclair”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for a teacher”

“[Today’s Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]

123 Company Address

Company’s City, State, Zip Code

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Dear [Mr./Ms./Mx.] [Hiring Manager’s Last Name],

I was pleased to learn of your opening for an English Teacher through I am currently a teacher at Pathways Primary School, where I have 6 years of experience teaching English, Geography, and Social Studies to 150+ students in 2nd through 5th grade. I am drawn to your institution’s teaching philosophy of fostering individual growth and curiosity through an exploratory curriculum.

I have robust experience in applying a wide variety of teaching and assessment methodologies and contributing to the design and development of curriculum and teaching material. During my employment at Pathways, I have:

Led a staff collaboration to update old curriculum and teaching materials for the 4th and 5th grade

Increased average writing and reading comprehension test scores by 16% over four years

My strong initiative, exceptional organizational skills, and ability to cater to a diverse range of learners allow me to play a crucial role in a fast-paced teaching environment. Furthermore, with my history of staff collaboration, I am prepared to become an immediate team player at your school.

I welcome the opportunity to personally discuss with you how my skills and strengths can best serve your students. Please contact me at (876) 650-7473 or


[Your Name]”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for a teacher”

“September 22, 2019

Mrs. Lorie Thatcher


Marble Heights Public Schools

17 Calypso Avenue

Atkinson, Arizona

Dear Mrs. Lorie Thatcher,

As a veteran elementary science school teacher, my passion for imparting knowledge has been driven by two critical goals: developing each student’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills and inspiring students to become interested in science and take up careers that will make the planet a better place. I have dedicated my six-year teaching career to achieving these goals.

That’s why I’m excited to apply for the position of an elementary science teacher for grade six in your reputable school. I have experience teaching elementary level students from third grade to sixth grade. At my current school, I teach, assess and look after 125 students throughout the term. I have an exceptional understanding of the school district’s teaching philosophy and curriculum as my current employer, Salona Primary School is under the same jurisdiction.

By adopting new collaborative teaching techniques, I increased student engagement by 75% in the last six terms. This resulted in a 35% increase in group project completion and boosted test scores of 90+ students by 35%. I have a certificate in special needs children’s education. My proficiency in developing educational objectives and preparing teaching materials according to your school’s curriculum and philosophy make me an ideal candidate for this position.

In the last 10 years, Marble Heights Public Schools has painstakingly created an impressive record of producing students with the highest state test scores in the core science subjects, including biology. The school’s adoption of innovative technological teaching aides and its vibrant PTA is an embodiment of diversity, excellence, diligent goal setting and prudent resource management. It would be an honor to teach your students and use my extensive qualifications and experience to help the school achieve its educational and social objectives.

I hope to use my in-depth knowledge and experience as an innovative and compassionate teacher to move your school district closer to its academic objectives. Find attached my resume. I would welcome an interview to discuss how to use my skills and expertise to help your school achieve its goals.


Becky Turner”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for a teacher”

“Dear Mr. Jacobs, 

I was elated to hear that a Classroom Teacher position is seeking candidates at the Hillside School. I have long admired the mission of your school, and personally know many families who have greatly benefited from the outstanding education and guidance your school provides. I am very much hoping for the opportunity to serve your students and families through the implementation of exceptional curriculum and instruction, and a willingness to guide and mentor students on their journey to success. 

I bring forth extensive experience as a lead teacher for early childhood students, where I implemented differentiated instruction in multicultural and multi-racial classrooms. My Teaching Philosophy is centered around the idea that students learn best when they are fully engaged through their own curiosities and interests. I would be honored to collaborate with the educators and administration at the Hillside School to provide the most enriching learning experiences possible for students. 

Please let me know if we can further discuss this opportunity in person. Thank you for your consideration. 

Most Sincerely,

Sebastian Wilder”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for a teacher”

“To the Principal, Ms. Mary Smith,

Maryhill Special School,

902 Pine Street,

Smithfield, California 08055.

Dear Ms. Smith,


As an experienced special education teacher, I have developed a passion and personal commitment to helping learners with special needs succeed. I am confident that my background as a tutor for learners with disability is a perfect match for the Special Needs teacher position at Maryhill Special School. I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education specializing in Special Needs and Languages.

My performance, first class honors for that matter, exhibit my desire and commitment to helping learners with special challenges.

In my most recent teaching position at St George’s Special School, I developed highly effective lesson plans for my students at the Stars Class which comprised learners with challenges. This impacted on me the skills to handle children with conditions such as Autism, ADH, and other conditions. I also developed performance assessment methods that ensured that the track record of learners is highly monitored.

I do not only bring on board the skills mentioned above, but also current and relevant teaching and learning methods. I have gone through various capacity building seminars that have enabled me to help my learners improve their scores. Bearing in mind that Maryhill is well reputable for handling special learners with utmost care, I believe my experience in my former institution has molded me well for the job.

It will be my pleasure to be an asset to the school and see special learners excel. I embrace new challenges and I believe such students can be tutored and fit in to a normal classroom situation. Find attached my resume and copies of certifications. Kindly consider my application.

Yours faithfully,


Jermaine James.”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of cover letters for a teacher

How do I write a cover letter for a teaching position?

  • Make it job-specific. 
  • Highlight your accomplishments.
  • Mention your qualifications.

What words should not be used in a cover letter?

Words and phrases to avoid in your cover letter:

  • “I’m confident I’m the perfect person for the job.” 
  • “I need this job because … ” 
  • “I’m requesting a salary of … ” 
  • “To whom it may concern:”

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