Teacher Resignation Letter

If you are a teacher who plans to resign from a job, you might be worried about how to word your resignation letter. This may be especially troubling if you are leaving under less than happy circumstances. It seems that there is never a good way of telling an employer that you will be leaving a job, whether you have worked in the perfect situation, or are extremely unhappy with your current job. Burning bridges with a resignation letter is not recommended because unless you are retiring, you will probably seek other work at some point, meaning your former employer may be contacted for a recommendation.

The good news is that you can write a teacher resignation letter that promotes goodwill, while sharing your concerns and recommendations for changes, if needed. The following are resignation letter examples for teachers. Each one is submitted under a different circumstance, demonstrating that whether an employee is retiring, not happy in a position, or leaving for a better position, resigning can be done with grace and professionalism.

Teacher Resignation Letter Templates

Sample #1

It is with mixed emotions that I submit this letter of resignation. My last day of teaching at ABC will be April 30, 2012.  I am retiring and am eager to spend more time with my family, especially my new grand baby who should arrive around the first of May.  I hope this giving this notice early will allow for a seamless transition in hiring the next teacher for the position.

I have enjoyed working at ABC Middle School for the last 25 years. While the job has been challenging at times, watching young people who came to my classroom intimidated by math grow to love it, lets me know that I was able to make a difference. Many of these students attended college and became teachers, attorneys and other professionals. It warms my heart think that I may have played a small role in their success.

Thank you for your support over the last 25 years. ABC Middle School will always have a place in my heart.

Sample #2

This is to advise you of my resignation effective at the end of the day on Friday, March 17, 2012. Although I enjoy teaching and interacting with students on a daily basis, I have come to the conclusion that my skills and talents could be better utilized in another educational setting.

I hope that you will take into consideration some of the improvements I and other teachers have suggested that can help this school move toward excellence. The teachers and staff at ABC Middle School are some of the most caring and professional individuals I have ever met.

Thank you for the opportunity to work at ABC for the last year. I wish you and the school the best.

Sample #3

This letter is to inform you of my resignation from ABC Middle School.  My last day of work will be Wednesday, February 15, 2012.  My tenure at ABC has been a great one. I have many friends among the teachers and staff; and you have been a top notch principal. I am leaving my current position because I have been offered an administrative position with the Catbird County Schools.

My new job will be a promotion that will come with a lot of new challenges, but also new opportunities that will allow me to grow in a field that I love. Having earned my masters degree three years ago, I would like the opportunity to use both my advanced education and experience to help the Catbird County Schools prepare for some major changes.

There are a lot of talented teachers seeking full-time employment. I think you will be able to find one who will be the perfect fit for my classroom.  If there is anything that I can do to help ease the transition, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Thank you for your support over the years. I know I will continue to hear great things about the ABC Middle School. I wish you the best.

Your Resignation will have an Effect on Everyone Involved

When writing a letter of resignation, be sure to provide enough notice to give your employer the opportunity to find a qualified individual, whether permanent or temporary, to carry out you former duties. Teaching is a field in which a major disruption in the classroom routine could result in poor performance and low standardized test scores when a suitable replacement cannot be found to fill a vacant position.