To the Search Committee:
I am interested in applying for the language teacher position. I am attracted to this job because I have absolutely loved teaching and Iâ€™d like to do more. From teaching English online to cooking classes, I enjoy getting to know students, supporting them in their learning journey, and learning about their lives. For the past year Iâ€™ve focused on teaching English to people from around the world, including many students from China. I love what I do, and due to the limited hours available at my current position I am seeking additional opportunities. The paragraphs below outline my reasons for believing I am an ideal candidate for this job.
I earned B.A.s in Symbolic Systems and in Spanish in May of 2014. For my degree in Symbolic Systems I took classes in linguistics, writing, and philosophy of language. For my Spanish degree, I took several classes in Hispanic and Latin American culture and history, and did a one-semester study abroad in Ecuador. These experiences helped me understand the variety of cultural differences that exist, and to have compassion and understanding for the experiences of students learning a foreign language. I also took a Microaggressions workshop, and have more than 25 days of training in Non-Violent Communication, both of which help me connect better with students and increase my cultural sensitivity. During my college career, I took over 20 classes that utilized BBLearn (an online learning platform), some as supplements to in-person classes, and some as completely online classes with forums and video lectures, journals, drop boxes, and readings. In addition to BBLearn, I have also taught in person, via phone, Skype, Adobe Connect, and EFâ€™s online platform.
I have enjoyed my experiences working with children. Volunteering for 4H and the local elementary and middle schools has contributed to my sense of community. I feel happy about helping young people grow and I appreciate knowing the people they are. I hope to continue my interestsâ€”teaching and working with childrenâ€”in this work.
Thank you for your time in considering my application.
R. Tess Jones