I know that there are lots of cover letters floating around the forums to be read, but if you could take a look at mine and give me some tips, I'd really appreciate it. I just rewrote my whole cover letter in the hopes of catching more principals' eyes and I really like how it sounds, but it's really long. I'm just not sure what to cut out exactly. Thanks in advance for any help!! I would like to express my interest in an elementary-level classroom teacher position for the 2007-2008 school year. I knew that I wanted to be a teacher even when I was very young. I had some wonderful teachers in elementary school who instilled in me the love of learning. I credit them for showing me how important the teaching profession really is and for making me want to be a part of it. In high school, when I was beginning to think about college, the idea of teaching preschool was very appealing to me. I took childcare courses and loved them. When I was sixteen, however, I was given the opportunity to begin working at an after school program. It was the children at this program that made me realize that I really enjoy working with children in that age group. That is when I decided that I would major in elementary education at ***** State College. While going through my courses at ******* State I had moments when I doubted my teaching abilities. I was beginning to realize all of the roles that teachers are required to play and how much work is really involved. All of those doubts went away, though, the first time I taught a lesson to a group of sixth graders at the ***** Elementary School. I was so happy to be teaching and seeing the students learning the material that my cheeks hurt at the end of the day from smiling so much. Those moments just got better and more frequent during my student teaching semester and while working as a long-term substitute where I experienced many more moments that reaffirmed my desire to make teaching my life-long career. Having my own third grade classroom this school year has taught me how important teaching really is to me. I have witnessed my students making great progress and have time and time again seen our hard work paying off. I have enjoyed discovering how each of my students learns best and supplementing the curriculum with guided reading and hands-on activities to meet each of their individual needs. I look forward to many more years of teaching and hope that I can have the same impact on my students’ lives as my teachers had on mine. I feel that my enthusiasm and dedication to my students would make me an asset to your faculty. Thank you for your time and I look forward to speaking with you soon.