Okay so I took Alice's advice and tried really hard to let my personality shine in my cover letter. After thinking long and hard about how t0o do that, this kind of poured out of my brain. I realize that it's definitely a work in progress, but would love to have your input! ***** Dear [Principal]: I am writing to express interest in the [grade] grade position at [Name] Elementary School. With my teaching experience, I believe I am an excellent candidate for your school. I first fell in love with teaching the first day I substitute taught in March 2010. That day, I was teaching a kindergarten class. During literacy centers, the assistant told me about one student, Ingreity, who was new to the country and struggled with identifying the letters H and J. I decided to work with her individually. By going around the room and finding every capital H and J together, Ingreity was able to not only visually discriminate between the two letters, but was also starting to grasp the concept of the sounds. The look of sheer joy on her face let me know that my small effort meant the world to her. Many of my students have made an impact on my life. One of those students is Jeremiah, who was in my third grade class. Jeremiah had a reputation that proceeded him. In the past three years, he attended eight different schools. Jeremiah was known to act out when he got frustrated. When I took over that classroom, he thought I would give up on him like his teachers in the past. However, Jeremiah realized that I am a teacher who does not give up on anyone. Instead of sending him to the office, I worked with him to figure out what he needed in order to succeed. When I noticed he struggled to stay in his seat, I gave him a stress ball to fidget with during lessons. On days when he felt overwhelmed with an assignment, I sat next to him. Just knowing that I was there to help him raised his self-confidence immensely. By the end of the year, Jeremiah earned his first A on a progress report. My belief in him helped Jeremiah realize that he really can achieve anything he wants to. I believe that I am an excellent candidate for the [grade] grade position at [Name] Elementary. With my teaching experience, I possess the creativity and knowledge to help your students thrive. I look forward to meeting with you about the opportunities available at your school. For more information please visit my website www.website.com. Sincerely, gutterballjen ******* I know my first paragraph needs a little more meat to it, but I'm not sure what I should add to it without repeating what's in my resume or making it too wordy. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!