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Facts About This Resume:

  • Candidate has 4 consecutive years of experience as a 3rd grade teacher.
  • Candidate has a B.A. in Elementary Education.
  • Candidate performed demonstration teaching in the district.

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Sarah Jensen
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Chicago, IL 12345


Elementary school teacher with 4 years of experience in a general education setting with 15 to 20 students per year. Completed demonstration in the Rockthorne district after completing a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Special Education K-12 certificate. Seeking a position teaching special education students in the SELF program.


Rolling Meadow College, Chicago, IL
Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education
September 2011 — June 2015

Professional Experience

Jimmy J. McDonald Elementary School, Chicago, IL
Third Grade Teacher, September 2015 — PRESENT
  • Create lesson plans for English, Science, Social Studies and Math based on state curriculum objectives
  • Foster a positive learning environment for students of all abilities by tailoring lessons toward different personalities and needs
  • Provide weekly updates for parents in Bloomz and distribute a monthly newsletter about school and district events
  • Host weekly German club meetings for grades 3 to 5 and provide before-school tutoring sessions for at-risk students twice a week
  • Track goals for students on IEPs and 504 plans and update staff and guardians about academic progress at least once per quarter
Rockthorne Elementary School, Chicago, IL
Teacher-in-Training, September 2014 — June 2015
  • Completed state-mandated demonstration teaching in Mrs. Robert's second grade class
  • Created and executed lesson plans for a class of 17 students
  • Prepared students for district and state tests
  • Communicated with parents about students' progress and concerns
  • Graded exams and entered results into the district's online portal

Key Skills

  • Classroom Management
  • Completed Demonstration Teaching in the Rockthorne District
  • Lesson Planning
  • Time Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Organization
  • Patient and Compassionate


  • Illinois Teacher Certification
  • Special Education K-12 Certificate

Dear [School Administrator],

My name is Sarah Jensen, and I am interested in teaching special education as a team member for the SELF program at Rockthorne Elementary. As a current third grade teacher, I am passionate about educating elementary school students, and I hold a B.A. in elementary education. I currently teach at Jimmy J. McDonald Elementary School, but I performed my demonstration teaching at Rockthorne Elementary during the 2014-2015 school year. No teaching positions were available at that time, so I'm excited to see that you currently have an opening in the SELF program.

I'm certified to teach special education in Illinois, and I have 4 years of experience creating and implementing IEP and 504 plan goals. I enjoy working with children of all abilities, and I believe every child can make significant educational progress with the right support. When I create lesson plans, I combine strategies geared toward multiple learning types so that every student can grasp essential concepts.

I would love to become part of the Rockthorne team and am available to discuss this opportunity at your earliest convenience. Please review my attached resume and let me know if you have any questions. You can reach me via email at [email protected] or call me at (123) 456-7890. Thank you for your consideration.

Sarah Jensen
[email protected]
(123) 456-7890

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1. Detail your educational background.

A fondness for middle school mathematics or elementary school music affects your performance as a teacher, but it falls second to your educational background. The majority of teaching jobs require a 4-year degree, and you may even need a master’s degree for your preferred position. You should also expect the school district to request that you are a licensed and/or certified candidate before you apply.

Mention your degree in your objective as well as under the educational section of your resume. It should also go in the first paragraph of your cover letter.

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2. Highlight essential skills.

Successful teachers are patient, compassionate and educated. They also have the organizational expertise required for lesson plans, class parties and parent-teacher conference schedules. The district where you apply may also expect teachers to have basic technical skills, such as Microsoft Word and the ability to use a smartboard or projector.

Read job descriptions carefully for the district where you want to work, and make sure your resume reflects these skills. If you have any teacher friends in the district, ask what you should know before submitting your resume. For example, if you’re applying for a teaching position in a Title 1 school, you can mention how you volunteer at agencies geared toward helping low-income families.

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3. Make your objective memorable.

Sometimes hundreds of teachers apply for the same position, so administrators skim resumes quickly. A poorly written objective may jeopardize your chances of landing an interview, especially if you use vague statements that don’t highlight your qualifications.

Capture your potential employer’s attention by announcing your relevant work experience or educational background right away, and then finish up your objective with relevant skills or personality traits.

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4. Discuss prior experience, including demonstration teaching.

Districts want experienced teachers, but don’t panic if you haven’t taught in the past. Mention your demonstration teaching experience, sometimes called student teaching, and don’t forget to list time spent as a classroom assistant or substitute teacher.

You should also mention other jobs you’ve held in the field of education, like if you’ve been a paraprofessional or recess clerk.