Hello all! I've just revamped my cover letter and I was hoping that you all would be willing to look it over and give me some constructive criticism. Thanks! I am interested in applying for blah blah elementary teaching position(s) at Blah Blabber Elementary School for the 2015-2016 school year. I am confident that my two years of combined experience as a substitute teacher and an Illinois PEL and my commitment to ensure that all students are being pushed to achieve greatness will make me a great asset to the staff at Blah Blabber Elementary School. Substitute teaching allowed me to work with a diverse population of students at varying grade levels. It has been through student teaching that I have been able to gain valuable experience administering assessments in order to collect data on students, as well as using the data to ensure that students were getting all of the support and interventions necessary for their academic growth. It was during substituteteaching that I also gained experience with Common Core standards and standards-based report cards. My greatest strengths include inspiring and motivating students. I actively engage students’ minds by incorporating a variety of opportunities to work with their hands and with other students in the classroom. I always try to tailor lesson plans to meet the diverse needs and interests of all students in the classroom, as well as connecting those lessons to everyday life. Teaching is not only about being able to work with students but parents play an important role as well. I am in frequent contact with parents so they are able to hear about the successes that their students are having in the classroom and are able to reinforce education at home. As a lifelong learner, I am constantly evaluating myself in the classroom to determine what I can do in order to be the best teacher for my students. I have used a variety of professional development opportunities offered for substitute teachers within the Blah Blabber School District in order to continue developing and learning as an educator. During the last year, I have been working to make each classroom I step into a safe space for all students where they know that their thoughts and opinions are heard. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching all the students I have worked with learn and grow. I hope to continue my teaching journey within this community, where I know I can cultivate a classroom filled with lifelong learners who are passionate about the things they are learning and create real world hands on learning experiences for the students. I look forward to hearing from you, and hope that I am able to join your team.