Sample Teacher Retirement Letter

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Teachers play an important role in the lives of students and their families leading to important attachments. This lesson provides a sample letter format to announce the retirement of a teacher while protecting those special relationships.

Announcing Your Retirement

Retiring from any occupation is both exciting and scary. Teachers have the unique obligation of notifying their students, fellow faculty, and the principal for which they work. This sample letter helps to do so in a professional and friendly manner by highlighting achievements and relationships, providing specific dates for your departure, and including relevant details such as future plans and contact information.

When you are ready to take this step, use personal or school letterhead and follow the format that follows.

Sample Letter


Dear PRINCIPAL NAME, fellow faculty, students, and families,

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