Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Letter to My Future Employer

Dear Future Employer,

There is so much I want to tell you, so much I want you to know about how successful our relationship is going to be. But I need to grab your attention and hold it, so I have to choose what I write carefully.

I am going to pour my heart and soul into my work at your school.

First, some background (I am all of these things, whether I'm currently doing them or not).

I am:

  • Always and most importantly, a teacher
  • A literacy coach
  • A staff developer for The Reading and Writing Project
  • A staff writer for Lucy Calkins
  • An editor for Heinemann Publishing
  • A blogger for Two Writing Teachers

Here's what I've been thinking lately. I miss having a school to call home. I miss the unity, the camaraderie, the striking change students undergo during a school year. I love working with a mix of teachers, visiting schools, and writing. I will continue to do these things when I can. But I also think it's time to return for a while to the heart of the work. 

I haven't quite decided which is the right setting for me, and how much time to divide between you and my family. When I do, you'll be the first to know. 

We'll be seeing each other soon. 

Until then, I remain respectfully yours. 

Anna Gratz Cockerille 


  1. Too often teachers approach a potential job as though an employer is doing them a favor by hiring them. In this time of teacher shortages, teachers need to know and state their value clearly. That's what your letter does. I haven't applied for a teaching job in a long time, but if a time comes that I need or want to seek a new teaching position, I'll be the one controlling the narrative.

  2. I love your phrase, "return to the heart of the work". Your perspective comes from leaving the intimate world of classroom teaching. I think it gives you more focus on how to guide the learning.

  3. Yes, the "heart of the work" - the amazing world of a classroom community. I like how this honours who you are - in your career, in your family, in your professional journey.