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Cover letter for a paraprofessional (5 samples)

Amanda Knowles

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This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a paraprofessional.”

Samples of paraprofessional cover letters

To get a paraprofessional position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a paraprofessional cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you're interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Paraprofessional cover letters”

“[Full Name]

[Physical Address]

[Telephone Number]

[Email Address]

[Date]

Application for the position of a paraprofessional.

Dear [Recipient’s title and last name],

I was thrilled to read about this job posting [in/on] [source] as I believe I could be a great addition to your teaching department. I am a confident, compassionate, and detail-driven paraprofessional with over [number of years] years of experience tutoring, mentoring, and supervising children between grades [specify].

I have extensive knowledge in the field and have always admired [company name's] appreciation for creativity and openness in the classroom. Currently, I hold a certificate in [specify] from [college/university/program] and an up-to-date paraprofessional license. I pride myself in having excellent [skill 1], [skill 2], and [skill 3] skills, which helped me take the lead in [year] when I [add career milestone].

In my previous position at [specify], I was responsible for organizing teaching material and classrooms, creating lesson plans, completing administrative duties, and supervising students on the playground and in the classroom. Over the years, I have been able to successfully identify issues with children's progress, ultimately developing my ability to conduct effective counseling sessions with guardians and parents.

I believe that my strong experience and knowledge of childcare makes me the ideal candidate for this position and I would be delighted to discuss the position further. Please feel free to contact me at [email address] or [telephone number]. You can find my complete resume attached. Thank you for taking the time to consider my application.

Sincerely,

[Your name]”

Sample 2: “Paraprofessional cover letters”

“Ivy Haddington

(123) 456-7891

ihaddington@email.com

May 1, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing to you in regards to the Paraprofessional job opening at River Tech School. As someone with a lifelong passion for learning, I have always thrived in a classroom setting. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love of learning with my students, which has allowed me to gain valuable skills including patience and a strong work ethic. I am excited about the possibility of sharing my talents with your students and staff.

In my previous position at Crane & Jenkins Elementary School, I aided teachers in classrooms with upward of 20 students. In my 10 years there, I worked directly with the students, helping with their assignments and assisting them with reading. I collaborated with teachers and other colleagues to create after-school enrichment programs for the students. I was also responsible for assisting the teachers with clerical duties, such as grading and preparing classroom materials, and I filled in for teachers as needed.

Not only am I flexible and adaptable, but I also have a very strong work ethic. I pride myself on my punctuality, and I always fulfill any duties asked of me to the best of my ability. I'm also a team player who enjoys working alongside other colleagues. In collaboration with several of my colleagues, I helped create an after-school theater program for special needs students; it ran for seven years.

I am very dedicated to my work and I truly love my job. I would enjoy the opportunity to utilize my skills and creativity at River Tech. Thank you for your time and for considering me for the Paraprofessional position. I look forward to talking with you to learn more about this position.

Sincerely,

Ivy Haddington”

Sample 3: “Paraprofessional cover letters”

“Dear Mr. O—Malley:

As a skilled and dedicated Paraprofessional with comprehensive experience supporting classroom and student service functions, it is my pleasure to submit the enclosed resume for your review. My background and enthusiasm positions me to significantly impact Triton County Middle School.

Classroom assistance, student supervision, and equipment management are just a few of my areas of expertise. Throughout my experience, I have honed my communication, organization, and motivational skills. Additionally, I possess a solid aptitude for teaching, and a gift for connecting quickly with students from all backgrounds to optimize their learning experiences.

Highlights of my qualifications include:

Working directly with students to accommodate special academic needs, facilitate assignment completion, and provide media center / library support through specialized equipment.

Communicating with teachers, physical therapists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists to evaluate and meet student needs and requirements.

Collaborating with co-workers to implement new educational and enrichment activities, acquiring new ideas on an ongoing basis through dynamic participation in educational conferences and workshops.

Monitoring student attendance and academic performance, and reporting to both teachers and principals on student progress.

Coaching junior varsity girls’and boys’tennis teams for 7th and 8th graders.

Associate’s Degree in Pre-Professional Studies; Certified Teacher of ESL.

With my experience and credentials, I am well prepared to dedicate myself to the highest standards of performance at your school and exceed your expectations for this position. I look forward to discussing my qualifications in further detail. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Melinda Deleon”

Sample 4: “Paraprofessional cover letters”

“Dear Mrs. Wattings,

Making an impact in a special needs elementary classroom is about far more than getting academic knowledge to stick. For me, the paraprofessional role is to help with the cognitive and social development that they will need to reach their potential when more than half the class go on to mainstream secondary education.

I have spent four years as a paraprofessional with a focus on students with special needs, helping the teachers to manage the classrooms, preparing lesson materials, devising engaging activities and filling in where required. I was active in the setting and grading of work as I believe it is important to understand each child’s individual challenges.

I hold a bachelor's degree in Special Education and a current Kentucky state teaching license, and am currently studying towards becoming a fully qualified SEN Teacher. I understand that your school supports those who study part-time and I appreciate that commitment to the professional development of teachers.

I found out about the role from one of your current teachers, Diane Jolt, at an SEN conference recently and would value the chance to visit your school and understand how I might make a difference in your classrooms.

Sincerely,

Lillian Sherworth”

Sample 5: “Paraprofessional cover letters”

“4/1/20

Anna Varner

Special Needs Educator

The Voice Compass Charter School

2727 White Lane

Scranton, PA 51462

Dear Ms. Varner,

As a paraprofessional with 3+ years of experience, I’m excited to apply for your paraprofessional position at The Voice Compass Charter School. My friend Clara Simpson—your retiring paraprofessional—says the experience of working at your school was one of the most rewarding of her life.

Clara and your job posting (found on Indeed) say you’re seeking a paraprofessional with special needs experience with good child advocate and listening skills. You also need someone who can develop and source Montessori-based materials. I believe I’m a fit based on:

Special needs experience. Guided 31 special needs students during school time activities in class and one-on-one situations for 3 years.

Child advocate and active listening. Used these skills to set goals that raised child performance scores by an average of 21% in 18 months.

Developing and sourcing materials. Developed, sourced, and implemented 122 Montessori-based age-appropriate activities.

Additional skills and job requirements in your online listing are covered by achievements in my resume. I’m so excited about the opportunity to work for The Voice Compass School. I particularly love your focus on child-led learning. Could we set up a time to chat sometime this week about how I can make your work life easier?

Kind regards,

Kay Reese

Paraprofessional

570-315-5170

kay.q.reese@gmail.com”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of paraprofessional cover letters

What are the requirements for a paraprofessional position?

Paraprofessional Skills

  • Instructional skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Patience and empathy
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

How do you say you have no experience but are willing to learn?

Example: "I am interested in an entry-level position. I know I have much to learn, and I'm looking for an opportunity that will let me build a solid professional foundation.”

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Citations

https://www.betterteam.com/paraprofessional-cover-letter#:~:text=I%20was%20thrilled%20to%20read,children%20between%20grades%20%5Bspecify%5D.
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/cover-letter-samples/paraprofessional
https://www.jobhero.com/cover-letter/examples/education/paraprofessional
https://resume.io/cover-letter-examples/paraprofessional
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Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowled is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.