Writing a Teacher Resignation Letter to Principal [Free Samples]

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A teacher may resign for several reasons such as moving to another city or state, finding a non-teaching job, or to stay at home with young children. Whatever the reason, the way in which a person resigns from one job may have an effect on the next job. 

Should You Show Anger?

If a teacher resigns in a fit of anger, it will reflect badly on their character, which can be extremely harmful if they ever want another teaching job. Writing a professional resignation letter shows respect to the institution as well as the principal and the teacher’s co-workers. 

The teacher resignation letter should contain the reason for the resignation as well as any other information the teacher would like the principal and others at the institution to know.

Teacher Should Follow The Rules

Before writing the letter, the teacher should read his or her contract to see if there are any rules and regulations pertaining to resignations. The teacher should follow all the rules, so the institution has no legal claim on them.

The letter should be addressed to the correct person. This may be the principal or a human resources administrator. It is also recommended to send copies to other people such as the head of the school board or anyone involved in hiring. The letter should clearly state the date of resignation.

The purpose of the letter should be stated in the first sentence. This shows respect for the time of the person receiving the letter. They don’t need to read the whole letter to find out its purpose.

Reason For Resigning

If the reason for resigning is because the teacher has another teaching job, is leaving the city or state, or is in poor health and cannon continue teaching, it should be mentioned.

If the reason for resigning is because the teacher is dissatisfied, it should not be mentioned in the letter. If the teacher has any complaint to make, it should be done separately and not along with his or her resignation.

The letter should also contain any information related to the contribution the teacher has made to the institution as well as information about personal growth. 

For example, the teacher can state that a particular teacher acted as a mentor and help the teacher grow in his or her subject area or in the area of teaching. 

The teacher can also mention if he or she was responsible for the school receiving any awards such as a district sports award or fine arts award.

Express Gratitude

It is important for the teacher to express gratitude for teaching at the institution and that he or she would like to maintain their professional relationship with the school. If it is suitable or possible, the teacher can mention that he or she would be available to help with special projects or other things if they are in the same city or their health and time permits.  

Some important tips to help a teacher leave behind good feelings when they resign from an institution are:

  • They should not complain to coworkers about the job
  • They should not brag about a new job
  • They should offer to help anyone after resigning if feasible
  • They should ask for a reference if needed to get a new job
  • They should give notice as early as possible
  • They should say goodbye on the last day of work
  • They should remove any personal files from their computer

Here are sample teacher resignation letters. It is recommended to send it by certified mail, so the teacher is sure it was received. Copies can be made and sent to other administrators or board members if suitable. The teacher should keep a copy for his or her files.

Letter of resignation

Sample 1 - Teacher Resignation Letter To Principal

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

[DATE]

[Principal’s Name]
[School’s Name]
[School’s Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

Dear [Principal’s Name]:

This letter is my formal notice that I am resigning from my job as high school English Teacher in [Name of School]. My last day of attendance will be [DATE], which is the last day of this school year. I have decided to accept the position of Curator of the City Fine Arts Museum.

I enjoy teaching, and would be happy to organize art workshops connected with the Museum for your students if it would be considered useful. I sincerely appreciate the freedom and support you have given me in the teaching of art and appreciate the seriousness with which you promote fine arts in the school. I hope I can continue to contribute to your curriculum.

Thank you for the wonderful experience of teaching art in your esteemed school.

Sincerely,

[Your Signature]
[Your Printed Name]

Sample 2 - Teacher Resignation Letter To Principal

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

[DATE]

[Principal’s Name]
[School’s Name]
[School’s Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

Dear [Principal’s Name]:

This letter is to formally give notice that I am resigning from my job as [Position] in [Name of School]. My last day of work will be [DATE].  According to my records I still have [Number] vacation days and will like them cashed out with my final paycheck

I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience by being part of your school and appreciate the time and attention you gave me during my training period. Kindly acknowledge this letter, and if you have any questions, I can be reached at [555-123-4567] or at [name@email.com].

Sincerely,

[Your Signature]
[Your Name Printed]

Sample 3 - Teacher Resignation Letter To Principal

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

[DATE]

[Principal’s Name]
[School’s Name]
[School’s Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

Dear [Principal’s Name]:

This letter is a formal notification that I will be resigning from [Position] in [Name of School] on [DATE]. My reason for resigning at this time is to take care of serious family issues that only I can resolve. I will not be able to work during that time.

Since I am giving one month’s notice, I will be able to assist in finding and training a replacement. I will faithfully fulfill my responsibilities until [DATE]. I have had great job satisfaction working at [Name of School] and appreciate your understanding at this trying time.

If there is anything I can do even after I leave to further any projects, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I can be reached at [Phone Number] or [Email Address].

Sincerely,

Your Signature
Your Printed Name