|In working with hundreds of school districts which in turn receive hundreds of applications, one of the first things they look at is your cover letter. (They probably check your certifications first) but what will distinguish you is your cover letter.
Analyze your strengths... ask your colleagues what they consider to be unique about you, take one of the many personality tests or interest tests that you find on the Internet. You will see a pattern emerging, take those strengths, and demonstrate how they can be applied to the teaching field.
Go to the school's website, find out what is unique about the school, and then talk about how your strengths can enhance that particular school. Be specific in discussing their school and your strengths.
Always type your letter on word processing software first, then you can edit it to your hearts content. When it is perfect, copy and paste it in your profile. ALWAYS address the letter to a specific person if possible. They will know you have taken the time to do some research on the position. Do not send a generic cover letter "to whom it may concern" ... it may concern no one.
Keep it to one page... school personnel do not have the time or inclination to read more than that.
This is your chance to show the school what makes you tick and how that translates into making you a fantastic teacher that would be a great asset to their staff!
Here is a sample cover letter: