During the period in which you are completing your teacher training, you can apply for a substitute teacher position at a local school. Not only will it help you while away the time but it will also provide you with experience in working in an academic environment. If there are no job openings for a substitute teacher, you can always write a letter of intent to your choice of school and let them know that you are available.
A letter of intent is not too much different from a cover letter – you are not answering to a job advertisement so that is the only difference. So basically, your letter will be written along the same lines as that of a cover letter. Your resume must be enclosed with a letter of intent so that an employer can see what your past experiences and future aspirations are. You should provide information about how you feel that you are a good fit for a substitute teacher’s position – what qualities do you have and how you intend to use those qualities to teach students that are obviously more comfortable with their lead teacher.
In your letter of intent, you should talk about your knowledge of a vast array of subjects and teaching methods. You can also highlight your capability of handling adverse situations between students and any behavioral problems that you may come across. Before you begin writing your letter of intent, have a look at the following sample:
February 12, 2015
Ms. Wendy Turner
West Point Primary School
89 Sandpiper Road
Elkridge, MD 27365
Dear Ms. Turner:
Please accept this letter of intent for the position of a substitute teacher at West Point Primary School. I am presently enlisted in an evening teacher training program at Wells Academy – I have already obtained a diploma and I am now working toward attaining a degree – and would like to provide your school with the benefit of my teaching style and methodologies.
Prior to enlisting in the teacher training program, I was employed as a teaching assistant by Yale Primary School. It was this experience through which I learnt classroom management techniques and the ability to juggle different subjects harmoniously. While I am conversant in teaching all primary level subjects, my greatest strengths lie in teaching English, History, Mathematics and Integrated Sciences. In 2013, I held an entire summer camp History class as a lead teacher when the actual lead teacher had to bail out due to personal reasons.
Please refer to the enclosures (resume and teaching diploma) which will provide you with further insight into my skills and career ambitions. I will contact you in a week’s time to see if you are available to meet me for an interview. I can be reached at (444) 444-4444 if you need any further information from me.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
(Enc: Resume, Teaching Diploma)
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