Busy Human Resources departments cannot read through every resume to decide who they'll interview.A cover letter highlights your qualifications and invites the reader to find out more about you from the resume. In the first part of the letter, the introduction, you'll state the position you're applying for, how you heard about the opening and why you're interested.
Put together a statement of teaching philosophy, unique lesson plans and anything else that will demonstrate your strengths and set you apart from other candidates.
If you don't have teaching experience, documents such as certifications, Praxis results, transcripts and recommendations will be particularly important.
Since the letter is often the first contact you have with a prospective employer, you want to make sure it's engaging and demonstrates why you're a good fit for the position.
Depending on the position and the school district, there may be dozens (or even hundreds) of applications.
Try to get the name of the person to whom your letter will be addressed.
If you're answering a blind ad and can't get specific information, avoid using "Dear Sir or Madam" or "To Whom It May Concern." Instead, use a gender neutral opening such as "Dear Director of Human Resources" or "Dear Hiring Committee." Put the focus on the reader rather than on yourself. For example, instead of saying "I am enclosing my resume," you can say "You will find a copy of my resume enclosed." Appropriate closings for your letter are "Respectfully" or "Sincerely." Closings such as "Truly yours" or "Very truly yours" are considered old-fashioned and more suitable for personal letters than for business letters.
You might do that by inviting the reader to phone you to schedule an interview.
You might also give a date by which you'll follow up. You may find it particularly helpful to look at those posted under the auspices of a college or university school of education.
If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to call me at 555-123-4567. I have dedicated my career to teaching first and second graders the skills they need to be successful as they progress through school, and I would love to continue that path with Anytown Elementary School.
In my current position, I teach reading, writing, math, science and social studies to first and second graders in a multi-age classroom.