Applying A Social Studies Teacher in A High School


Dear Mrs. Smith,

Recent deep school -budget cuts mean that there are many candidates for a very limited number of positions in the Mapleshade School District. Why should you hire me?

Here’s the difference I believe I bring to Mapleshade’s students—dedication, motivation, and fun. I can make students work hard, I can make them laugh, and I can make them want to come to class. And I’ll do it with all students, not just the top of the class.

But that’s not the whole picture. I am absolutely committed to helping students see the world as a whole, not as a town in New Jersey. I want them to know that they are important to this country and to the world—that as citizens they have an obligation to be informed, to make considered choices, to vote, and to participate in the democratic process. I want them to be excited about the past and about how the lessons of the past impact the future.

I want them to love to come to Social Studies class and to groan if they have a substitute teacher because I make Social Studies the best part of their school day. I want them to love to learn, to be excited about what every class brings, to be inspired critical thinkers and writers, and to do well on tests so they will have a better future. I want them to see me walking the halls, chatting with students, attending school events, and coaching sports. I want them to know that I care enough to be there off -hours.

Maybe that’s how all new teachers think, but I am sincere and believe I can make it happen—or at least I can try, and never give up. In fact I know it can happen because I’ve had teachers like that—and that is why I’m writing you today.

Thank you very much for your attention; I look forward to meeting with you and the school board.


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