A teacher’s letter of intent is an instrument of introduction from a teacher to the hiring school district. The letter of intent makes the teacher stand out and creates a desire for the employer to continue to read the resume.
The purpose of the letter of intent for a teacher is to capture the attention of the hiring agent by demonstrating in an abbreviated manner the teacher’s qualifications for the position being offered. School districts looking for teachers want teachers that are specifically interested in their school and the particular features that are characteristic to their school. Qualifications from teachers will match the needs and educational requirements of the hiring school district
Letters of intent are usually limited to one page, are to the point and simple in construction. The content is concise and to the point, not restating what the resume says.
A letter of intent will include the teacher’s name and address, the date, the contact person’s name and address, a salutation,three to four brief paragraphs, a closing, teacher’s signature and teacher’s typed name. Enclosures will be listed at the end of the letter.
Letters of intent that capture employer attention will include the following: a statement addressing the job offering, the teacher’s specific qualifications for that particular job, special skills or training and experience of potential employee and personal teaching philosophy. The letter will include information relevant to the specific job offering written with a courteous and sincere tone. Emphasis will be on what the teacher has to offer the hiring school district, and not on the benefits the teacher will receive. The letter of intent will reflect an attitude of confidence and ability to perform the required duties of the job.
Letters of intent contain information about the teacher’s skill interfacing with parents, his classroom management skills, his personal teaching standards, how he handles different learning styles, and how his experiences and skills prepare him to handle the teaching demands specific to that job. A successful letter will briefly acknowledge specific job requirements and how the teacher is qualified to fulfill the demands of the job being offered.