How to quit a teaching job


As a teacher, you are well-habituated to acting like a consummate professional at all times. Don’t let this spot-on, terrific instinct fail you if you have got another teaching position and must quit your current one. At a convenient time, ask to speak with your supervisor and walk into the session with a signed resignation letter in a folder.

A verbal notification is considered to be common courtesy and a written resignation is essential for your personnel file. It is important to quit your teaching job on a positive and gracious note even if you are leaving behind a contentious or difficult workplace. A career path can take unexpected turns, and you never know when you might need a positive reference.

You may apprise your principal or direct supervisor about your decision by writing a letter to him. Always adhere to the guidelines to write a resignation letter and write it as politely as you can.

  • Direct your letter to your principal or direct supervisor. Copy the appropriate parties - a direction outlined in your employee handbook should be followed religiously.
  • Provide a brief explanation about why you are quitting.
  • Center your name and contact information at the top of the letter. Choose a bigger font for your name so that it stands out.
  • Explicitly mention your accomplishments and contributions during your tenure at the school. You may start, perhaps by saying, that “During my tenure, it was my pleasure to direct/manage/spearhead ….”
  • Close your letter on a gracious note, wishing the principal or supervisor “continued success” with its educational objectives. You may wish to express your hope to keep in touch, but again: say so only if you really mean it.
  • Never forget to proofread or edit your letter to make sure that it is flawless.
  • Start your letter with a direct statement. For instance, you might say: “Please consider this my official resignation as a teacher at (name of school), effective (name the date).”
  • Appreciate your colleagues for the support they provided during your tenure the organization. Express your gratitude to make your departure a smooth process.
  • It would be a good gesture to offer admin support or provide training before your last day of work

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