Hello again! I just want to say that I am very happy I finally stopped lurking on this forum. The few questions I have asked have been answered thoughtfully and I appreciate that during this stressful job search. I'm glad there are so many of you here to support us newbies. So I finally decided to ask for help on my cover letter. I've been through a number of drafts, and this is an updated version from last year's. I'm always in need of good English nuts to catch grammar and spelling mishaps, but most of all I need to hear what parts of the letter need work. So hold nothing back! My current concerns are whether the letter is too vague and if I need more about my actual teaching, but since it is my own work I'm likely to miss faults despite my reflections. I also think it might be too long... Thank you in advance! Now I'll stop rambling and show you the letter. (insert various addresses/headings here) Dear (whomever); Greetings! My name is Jessica and I wish to apply for the position of “name of position”. After searching for a position online your district came to my attention. (Here I would address the school's goals/mission statement and how it fits with my educational philosophy) As a new social studies educator looking for a place to provide the best education for students of all ability and levels, I believe I am a fantastic fit for your schools. (Again, this part might change depending on the mission/goals and all) As a recent graduate of "blank" College, I have a strong foundation in history and educational theory. I spent the last four years surrounded by tangible history*, and it had a huge impact on the numerous classroom opportunities the "blank" College Department of Education offered to me during my undergraduate studies. I spent over 60 hours in various classroom internships before my student teaching semester, which included all kinds of history classes ranging from grades 6 to 12. I also have a full background in various extracurricular activities that have made me a more well-rounded teacher. It is not uncommon for me to use period costumes, tools, art, music, and film to make my classroom more interactive, engaging, and culturally relevant to my students. I have observed and worked in rural and suburban districts through college, and had a wonderful summer experience teaching inner-city middle school students as a lead teacher. The Breakthrough Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia, the summer program with which I worked, gave me the opportunity to teach different subjects such as Biology and web design, and allowed me to organize student activities, coordinate hallway projects and art, and plan trips to museums and important areas of Philadelphia and Washington D.C. My student teaching experience took place in a high school that included the Macbook loan program which gave every student and teacher access to a laptop. Technology was a large part of my student teaching experience. I not only taught history, but had almost every primary source imaginable available at my student's fingertips. I also taught students how to use computer in their assessments, which included power point, web design, podcasts, videos, music, comic editors, excel, and class-wikis. I am currently certified to teach in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Texas. However, these certifications are not the limit. One of the best experiences an educator can have is to live and teach in new areas. I plan to move to (location of school) and am able and eligible for pursue certification (This is only if I do not currently have the certification). Please feel free to call me at (cell phone number), or email me at "myemail". I can interview in person with a few weeks notice, or can do a phone or internet interview. I look forward to speaking with you and becoming a part of the “name of school” family! Respectfully, My name * My college is home to a famous battlefield, hence this part. Just wanted to clarify.