As with all professions, teachers can all look alike in their resumes. After all, don’t teachers stand in front of a classroom and…teach? Or is there more? What are you teaching? Who are you teaching it to? What are the demographics of your school or region? Are there special issues of poverty or a transient student population? Have you developed unique tools and materials to better educate these students? Have you been able to gear your lessons to the different learning styles of the pupils? Have you been successful? How do you know? Are your students better prepared for the next grade when they leave your class? Do you encourage family involvement through regular conferences and status reports?
Many teachers impact their schools through various committees such as curriculum development and textbook selection. Others serve on advisory committees in such areas as student discipline, after school activities, and facilities management. Teachers often participate in district committees and task forces. Each is valid for the resume.
Education programs vary from university to university and department to department. There are a plethora of specialized programs for both undergrads and post-grad students. Everything from Computers in the Classroom to the updated focus on the “3 R’s.” A Specialized Coursework section can be extremely demonstrative of these disciplines.
It is critical that the reader realizes that you are an energetic, enthusiastic, proficient teacher. The combination of your resume and cover letter can accomplish that. Your cover letter provides an excellent place to state a concise version of your teaching philosophy and exactly what it is that makes you an effective educator.