When resigning from any professional position, you must inform your employer of your intentions in a formal resignation letter. And, teaching is no different. As a professional educator, you must compose a letter of resignation before you leave your teaching position. Your resignation letter is part of the legacy that you leave behind. So, leave your former employers with a good last impression by composing a professional resignation letter.
You are a professional. So, even if you are angry at the time of your resignation, don’t allow it to cloud your judgment. Continue to use common sense and demonstrate your professionalism in your resignation letter. Continue to use correct grammar and to address your principal, school board members, and superintendent properly. Keep in mind that these letters are often kept in your personnel file. And, they can come back to haunt you later.
Include the date
Include the date that your resignation will become effective. If at all possible, try to time your resignation for the end of the school year. If this is not possible, try to choose a time when there is a break in the nature school term like the end of a semester, at Spring Break, or at the end the Christmas break.
Always thank the principal, superintendent, school district, and parents for allowing you the opportunity to teach their children. Don’t forget that they placed their most valuable asset-their children- in your hands.
Briefly explain your reason
Give a reason for your resignation. Your explanation should be short and concise. However, don’t tell your boss that you are leaving because you hate them or that you disagree with the school district’s policies. This information is best kept to yourself. If you are leaving to take another position, be sure to explain the reasons that you are more suited for the new position. If you and your family are relocating, explain this to your principal. If you can’t get along with your co-workers, you can simply state that you are leaving because of a personality conflict, but do not go into a lot of details or name names.
No matter how mad or disgusted you are, remain calm and professional. Don’t burn your bridges. Chances are good that you will need to use your former boss for a work reference later. There is also the possibility that you may want to return to this job at a later date.
When resigning from a teaching position, remember that you are a professional. Be concise. Use a positive, professional tone. And, don’t forget to thank your former employers for employing you in their school district.