I just re-wrote my cover letter tonight. Please don't judge me if it's completely terrible. It's only the first draft and I haven't sent it out anywhere yet/don't want to until it's looked over. I wrote a great cover letter this time last year thanks to this forum and started getting more interviews after that. ------- I am delighted to present to you my resume for your consideration as (position within school/district). I learned of this opportunity through (where I saw the job posting). (I will put what I like about the school here and why I want to work there) My credentials, experience, and enthusiasm for teaching would make me a suitable candidate for this position. As my enclosed resume states, I graduated magna cum laude from ABC University in May 2013, and hold two teaching certifications from the state of New Jersey. In the fall, I will be attending DEF University in order to receive my Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification. I also have a strong background in technology, having worked for my college’s information technology department for three years. (<=== I want to include this but I'm not sure if it should be in this spot or not) Since September 2013, I have been employed as a teacher’s assistant at XYZ Elementary School in Anytown, NJ. I am assigned to both general education and special education settings in first, second, and third grades in all subject areas. The teachers and I work closely together to provide academic and behavioral support for students with IEPs. Students work with me individually or in small groups so I can provide differentiated instruction to meet their needs. For example, I may do a read aloud with a small group and have them orally respond to questions, while the other students read and respond individually. Due to the population of students I assist, I have learned how to quickly identify the needs of students and have strengthened my classroom management skills. My other current position is a tutor for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in reading, writing, basic math, and standardized test preparation. The students I tutor benefit from a program designed specifically for their academic needs. I have seen great academic success among the students with whom I have worked closely. For example, a seventh-grade girl worked with me regularly in a reading program that focused on her inference and comprehension skills. After the program ended, her post-assessment reflected a seventy percent increase in those areas. Other education-related experiences include co-teaching at an art camp, student teaching, and substitute teaching. You can view more evidence of my accomplishments in the classroom on my online teaching portfolio, located at (link). From my experiences working with children, I have learned behavioral management techniques, lesson planning skills, and a strong work ethic. I am confident that I can bring these qualities to (school/district) if hired. You can contact me either by phone or email in order to set up an interview. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, RedStripey ----------- Please let me know if I should add or remove anything, or if you see any spelling or grammatical errors. Thank you in advance for your help!