A personal statement is one of the supporting documents that will make up your application package when you apply to education positions.
Along with your resume, cover letter, philosophy of education statement, and recommendation letters, a personal statement speaks to your skills and talents as an educator.
If you are a newly qualified teacher or a career changer, a personal statement is even more important to your application as this provides you with a platform to explain and highlight your related skills and accomplishments and how you can benefit a school community, where your resume may struggle to communicate these facts. So, knowing how to write a personal statement for education positions is extremely important.
Ideally, you will want to revise your personal statement for each school you apply to. Ensure your statement is properly targeted to each position. In your personal statement, you will want to emphasize your individual strengths relevant to the available teaching position.
Additionally, your personal statement should explain why you are applying to the teaching position, detail your credentials as well as any relevant professional development or training sessions, your relevant teaching experiences, your classroom management strategies and teaching style, and any other related skills and interests you have that will benefit the position.
The introductory paragraph of your personal statement needs to start interestingly. You want to draw the reader’s attention and make them want to read the rest of the statement. Beginning your statement by saying something like “I’m writing this statement in an application for the ____ teaching position” is a boring way to start your statement and is also unnecessary to write.
This is already stated in your resume, cover letter, and other application documents. The reader knows what position you are applying to, so find a more interesting opening line that will stand out among the other applications. Instead, you can use the opening paragraph to discuss how you got interested in education and teaching and why.
The personal statement should focus on your experience and skills and how they would benefit the teaching position. If you are a new teacher, this will focus mostly on your educational background and what you learned from your degree and student teaching experiences.
If you are a seasoned educator, you will want to bring attention to the relevant teaching experiences you have in the specific age level and subject area of the position you are applying to. You will want to bring up any involvement in extracurricular activities, community activities, and leadership initiatives.
Your personal statement should aim to end on a positive note. It should sum up why you are an excellent candidate for the teaching position. By showing your enthusiasm for the teaching position and education in general, you will enhance your application.