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Math Teacher Cover Letter Example

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Getting a teaching job can feel overwhelming, and as you apply, you might wonder how to make yourself stand out from the crowd. This lesson offers you an example of a cover letter that will help you get a position as a math teacher.

Why Cover Letters Matter

When applying for a job as a math teacher, you want to emphasize not only your strong knowledge of math but also your understanding of what it means to be a teacher. You want to express your educational philosophy and give principals or hiring committees a window into what makes you a special candidate. The best place to do this is in your cover letter.

While your resume and references are an important part of your application, your cover letter is the place where you express your uniqueness and get a chance to convince principals to hire you. This is where you show your expertise in math as a content area but also math pedagogy. A good cover letter will help your application stand out from the crowd.

This lesson gives you an example of a cover letter you can use to apply for a position as a math teacher. Of course, you will want to modify this letter to reflect the reality and details of your own situation, but it provides a starting point and an idea of what such a letter ought to include.

Cover Letter Example

Susan Graham
11 Durham Road
Edgefield, CA 55555

Principal Josephine Smith
Edgefield High School
6 Learning Lane
Edgefield, CA 55555

May 17, 2016

Dear Principal Smith:

I am writing to express my interest in your opening for a 9th and 10th grade math teacher. I learned about this opening from the Edgefield Bulletin, and I believe that my interests and qualifications make me an ideal fit for this position.

I have been fascinated by math for my whole life, and for the first part of my career, I worked as an engineer at the Edgefield Water Plant. I loved the opportunity to use my passion for mathematics in a daily basis, but I always felt that something was missing from my work life. Finally, I realized that I was missing out on human interactions and the opportunity to share my passion and understanding with others. This motivated me to return to school for my master's in education.

While pursuing my degree, I wanted to get more experience in the classroom than my student teaching at nearby Waterbrook High allowed. I decided to volunteer in a local after-school program, helping students complete their math homework and pursue independent projects involving math. In this capacity, I came to understand the importance of developing strong relationships with my students. I learned that many people do not have the natural love for math that I do, and that this sort of love can be learned from a devoted, caring teacher who does not give up just because a student is struggling. I believe that I can be that teacher.

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