Becoming a Teacher: Sample Resumes
Two examples of teacher resumes follow for your reference. Look carefully at the first one. This resume does not adequately communicate the candidate's ability to be a teacher. Shonda's objective is nebulous, her teaching experience and activities reveal very little about her knowledge and skills, and her format (including type and organization) does not enhance her image as a professional. Perhaps most importantly, Shonda has buried her certifications in the middle of her resume where they are hard to find.
Although the second resume is not perfect, it more accurately portrays the abilities of the candidate. A personnel director scanning Jose's resume knows exactly which position he is applying for and what his qualifications are. More important, Jose has described his experience to demonstrate that he can work with a variety of constituents in a school setting. He also is creative and can bring his ideas to reality. Jose's resume will definitely make a more favorable impression than Shonda's will.
A Less-Than-Convincing Sample Resume
15 Allemeda Blvd.
Anywhere, Pennsylvania 54321
OBJECTIVE: To become a leader for today and tomorrow
- Student Teaching, Anywhere, PA, Schools, 2006
- Summer School Volunteer Teacher, Anywhere, PA, Schools, 2005
- University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Education, 2007
- Member—Student National Education Association
- Member—Delta Delta Delta
Collegiate Academic All-American, Who's Who in American Education, Future Leaders in Education Meeting Invitee and Dean's List—USC.
AREAS OF CERTIFICATION:
- English (K–6), Special Reading (K–12), and BD (K–8)
- Understanding the BD student in the Regular Classroom (published).
- Available upon request
A High-Quality Sample Resume
5555 S. Hope Street
Anywhere, Nebraska 12345
- Secondary English Teacher
- English, 7–12
- Reading, K–12
B.S. in Education University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2008 Blaine High School Anywhere, Nebraska, 2004
- Student Teacher, Glendale High School, September 2007–January 2008 Worked with courses in grades 9, 11, and 12.
- Planned and implemented units on English literature and writing.
- University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Student Teacher Advisory Committee Created orientation and debriefing sessions for students beginning and completing their student teaching assignments.
- Blaine High School, Student Assistance Team Counselor
- Planned and directed weekly meetings with administrators, teachers, and students promoting a drug-free school.
- Revised the high school's drug-free student's manifesto.
- Blaine High School, Site Council Chaired a subcommittee for improving the learning environment that implemented ideas to lessen class disruptions and increase time on task.
- Available upon request
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