Writing a resignation letter as a teacher is much like writing a resignation letter for other positions; however it does have some unique considerations. One unique consideration when leaving a position as a teacher is that of the school year contract. Many teachers are on an annual contract and it is important for those teachers not to break that contract unless it is absolutely necessary. The letter you write may be different based on whether or not you are breaking a contract. If you must break a contract it is important to give the school as much time as possible to find a replacement. Anyone who has been in the field of education for any length of time is aware that finding a teacher replacement mid-year can be a nightmare. If after the contract consideration a teacher still feels the need to resign there are some other tips that may be helpful.
If you have already given a verbal notification of your resignation, you can start the letter by saying something about that such as; “As we talked about on April 18, 2013, I am resigning from my teaching position as of”… then give a date. If you have not verbally talked to someone then start the letter off by saying something such as; “This letter is to inform you of my resignation.” If you can follow with a justifiable reason for leaving include that in the letter, however only discuss this if you can be honest.
As with any resignation letter it is important to express thankfulness for the job that you held and to the people you worked with. If you have had a good working experience at a particular school this should not be difficult to express in the letter. If however, you did not have a great working experience you do not have to be dishonest. If all you can say is thank you for the job opportunity that you have given me over… then state the amount of time you worked there… then just say that.
It may be unwise to be offensive or hostile in any way in a resignation letter. Even if you are leaving on negative terms, remember that the letter is a written document that is permanent. Even if you have exchanged unpleasant words with your supervisor or peers, it would be wise to write a respectful letter and not be insulting, especially if you hope to find employment in the field of education in the future. If you feel a need to write a hostile letter, do so, but do not send or present it to your employer. File it away or burn it.