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,

I have been privileged to teach what I believe to be the finest students in the nation, many of whom I am proud to have watched grow into successful adults. With the friendship and support of top notch faculty, I have taught NAME OF CLASS/GRADE for NUMBER OF YEARS TEACHING. I have immensely enjoyed my time at NAME OF SCHOOL and feel very thankful for the many fond relationships I have formed here over the years. Prior to my employment here, I taught SUBJECT/S at NAME OF SCHOOL/S where I was fortunate to learn from generous colleagues and witness the development of my students there. However, all good things must come to an end and it is with a full and grateful heart I am announcing my retirement from teaching.

Among my fondest memories as a teacher here at NAME OF SCHOOL are the following: LIST SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS (e.g., school, class, student and teacher awards and achievements, celebrations, promotions, educational fairs and competitions, and so on). Times have not always been easy though. Together, we have weathered some tough times as well including: LIST TIMES OF CONFLICT OR STRUGGLE (e.g., testing, changes in academic standards, illnesses, deaths, crises in the nation, at the school, or in the community, etc.). No matter the issues at hand, we at NAME OF SCHOOL have always worked as a team to nurture our relationships with students and with one another. This camaraderie has been pivotal to my success and to that of my students. For these reasons and for each of you, I will remain thankful and filled with gratitude for my experiences and time here.

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