Letter of Recommendation for a Teacher Example (+ Free Template Download) [2020]

letter of recommendation for teacher

A recommendation letter can be a powerful asset to have among your job application package. It can complement and support what you’ve stated in your cover letter and resume. And reassure your hiring manager that every accomplishment you’ve listed in your resume is supported by a professional reference and recommender.

When writing a recommendation, it’s important to first consider what use the letter is going to provide. For example, you may be writing a student teaching recommendation to someone who is looking to attend graduate school, receive a scholarship, or provide this letter to a college admission board. In this circumstance, they may have been a student teacher and are looking for a letter of recommendation to continue their college education.

Alternatively, you may be a teacher providing another teacher recommendation. This would be an instance where as a colleague, you both have the opportunity to provide each other with this recommendation for a future teaching job.

If Writing a Recommendation for a Student or Student Teacher

When writing a recommendation for a student teacher or for a college application, it’s important to have the person who asked you for the recommendation provide you with the application, scholarship, or other information. This may include insights that help you to write a recommendation that helps the student. For example, writing about their passions in education. Or about the experience that you shared as a teacher and working with them in the school for the summer or over the period of time you’ve been colleagues.

You should ask the person who is looking for this recommendation to provide you with the application deadline, admissions committee details, and their general teaching goals to better set you up for success when writing.

If you’re a professor, school counselor, or admissions officer writing this recommendation to a student, usually asked for during their junior year or senior year, you may want to speak with the student regarding their teaching goals so you can write the best letter for the student. It’s not uncommon for a student to ask a guidance counselor, professor, or general counselor to write them a recommendation.

Some areas to consider writing about:

These points of interest can surely help your applicant.

If Writing a Recommendation for Another Teacher

Writing a letter of recommendation, from one teacher to another teacher, is fairly common. When writing a letter to another teacher, you should consider mentioning experiences and metrics that support their ability to excel in the teaching position. This may be test prep abilities (for example, helping students prepare for standardized tests). Or their ability to conduct a classroom. Something that makes them stand out from other teachers.

As the letter writer, you may want to take the perspective of the student and talk about the teacher’s class as though you’re a student yourself. This can create a great letter for another teacher as they continue their career.

Roles that may ask for a recommendation letter more than others:

Reference Letter or Recommendation Letter

While writing a teacher recommendation letter, it’s important to consider the differences between a reference letter and recommendation letter. A recommendation letter is an evergreen asset that your colleague is going to use among their entire career. While a reference letter is often used to directly reference a particular job experience or validate a relevant skill. You’ll know the difference between these two types of letters because the person or professional asking you to write this letter may indicate specific requests that need to be made within your letter.

A strong letter will always reference experiences that highlight particular skills or qualities about that person’s character. Writing a good letter is easy, but making it a very strong letter of recommendation takes thought into what you perceive the future employer to value with regard to the teaching position or other.

Sample Recommendation Letter

Below is a sample letter to use as a reference.

Ryan Jeffrey
Clayton School for Boys

May 1, 2020

Dear Mr. Antedon —

I'm writing you this recommendation letter to speak to Mr. Anthony's abilities as a teacher and educator. We worked together during his tenure at the Clayton School for Boys in the Summer of 2019. I had the pleasure of being able to see how he was able to bring joy to students who were struggling the most. And made education fun.

Some things that I believe the students valued the most about being able to interact with Mr. Anthony:

  • Student's expressed that they felt he was willing to connect with them and didn't make them feel "stupid" for not knowing something.
  • Student's expressed that he made education interesting by discovering how each student decided to learn.
  • I was able to see Mr. Anthony grow very quickly as an educator and teacher.
I would love to be able to speak with you about this recommendation. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call me and I would be happy to help.

Ryan Jeffrey
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author: patrick algrim
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Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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