Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to find the right words to say when you really need them! Writing a teacher resignation letter is no exception and you want to be sure you say the right thing. It can be stressful—under any circumstance—and that’s why we’re here to help.
I’m giving an example of how to write a teacher resignation letter for one of the more common reasons…leaving for another teaching position. Whether you’re leaving on a positive—or a negative—basis you can still write with dignity and assurance that you’ve exited on a good…and respectable note!
Writing a Teacher Resignation Letter – Keep it Simple, To-the-Point…Yet Formal
Yes, keep it simple, to-the-point, but with a formal tone. You’re a teacher who is a professional in your own right, and you want to carry through your professionalism to the end of your employment with a well-written letter of resignation. What you write will be a reflection on your character that will follow you through your teaching career.
You must in no way bad-mouth any teacher, principal or student in the process of writing your letter of resignation. You’re moving on in your life and any negative remarks could only hurt you in the future. Let the past stay in the past. It will do you no good to dredge up any negative experiences you may have had with someone.
Write on good quality paper in your own handwriting. Typing it won’t give off the personal touch you need. However, if you have handwriting that’s hard to read, you may type in italics the style I have chosen in the example. But, always personally sign your name at the bottom.
The following is an example of a teacher resignation letter for taking on another teaching position somewhere else. You will need, of course, to fill in personal information in your own words. But, as you will see, this example is brief, to-the-point, and formatted formally.
625 Plum St.
St. Louis, Mo. 63123
April 3, 2012
Mr. John Bailey
Bayless Elementary School
400 Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63123
Dear Mr. Bailey,
After careful consideration, I’ve decided to accept another teaching position for personal reasons I’d rather not disclose. I understand that I have to follow certain protocol, and will comply with any additional matters that need attention in regards to my resignation.
The past five years spent teaching 3rd grade at Bayless Elementary School has been a very rewarding experience. I’ve certainly enjoyed working with my students, intermingling with the school staff and teaching under your leadership.
My last day teaching will be at the end of the school year, June 7, 2012. Again, I appreciate having had the opportunity to teach 3rd grade and I’ll always have fond memories of the time spent with students and faculty.
Allow Enough Time for Your Replacement
You want to mail your letter of resignation at least one month prior to your departure date giving the school board time to get a replacement. Because of a contract you may have signed before you accepted your teaching position, you don’t want to leave in the middle of a semester. There may be some ramifications if you do this.
If that’s the case, you may want to write a letter to the Superintendent of the Board of Education or Board of Trustees. You usually won’t have any problems if you leave at the end of the semester…and, of course, if you write a short letter… like the example I’ve given… advising ahead of time when you’ll be leaving.
No long explanations are in order. You don’t have to go into detail the reason you’re leaving. If you say you’re leaving for personal matters, you need not explain what those personal matters are.
The bottom line is you don’t want to leave a negative trail behind you. You’re not retiring from your teaching profession, you’re merely accepting another position somewhere else for reasons known only to you…and maybe your family. And you want to make sure you write a proper teacher resignation letter that’s written with a positive tone… without any regrets.
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