Kindergarten teachers support the first official steps of our education and play a key role in the development of confident learners. Whether you’re a newly qualified kindergarten teacher or you’ve taught for years, you’ll need a resume that showcases your teaching credentials and commitment to inspiring students.
If you’re looking for an elementary teaching role, focus on the specific requirements of each job opportunity and tailor your resume accordingly. Spotlight your skills in curriculum development, lesson planning, and classroom management, as well as the ability to connect with students. Bear in mind, you may be teaching students in multicultural environments, so highlight this experience too.
Creating an A+ resume can be a tricky task. Teaching jobs can attract hundreds of applications and the initial scan of your resume (where principals or HR specialists quickly assess your suitability for their teaching role) can average around seven seconds. Your teaching resume needs to make a great impression quickly.
Our example opens with a strong professional statement that will capture the hiring manager’s attention and compel them to continue reading. This summary has a few key sentences that provide more information on your specific teaching experience and pedagogical approaches, combined with soft skills in communication, collaboration, and relationship-building. Areas of expertise are highlighted next via bullet-points so that they stand out in the initial scan of your resume. Using the job description as your guide, you can easily tweak this information.
The all-important professional experience section comes next. Start with your most recent teaching experience first and work back to earlier roles (covering a period of 10 to 15 years). Focus on using action verbs at the start of each sentence, such as instruct, optimize, or inspire. Highlight any specific accomplishments and successful learning outcomes (such as student advancement), as this will make your resume really stand out.
It’s important to detail where you received your foundational knowledge in teaching in the Education section (including your licensure). This should include the degree, where completed, and if you graduated recently (in the last three years) the year. You can also include any awards and accolades, such as the Dean's List. Professional development and technical skills are also of great interest to recruiters, so make sure to include this information too.
When outlining skills on your kindergarten teacher resume, make sure they are relevant to the job opportunity by checking the job description. Here’s some key skills to include to highlight your teaching strengths and commitment to inspiring young learners:
Core subject instruction
Multimedia instructional tools
Common core state standards
Parent relationship development
Passionate educator with talent for connecting with students and inspiring learners of diverse ability and cultural background to reach their full potential. Expertise in K-5 instruction, with proven success in evaluating student performance and implementing strategies to improve learning outcomes. Maintain order and discipline through firm, yet fair, classroom management, while creating a positive, affirmative, and welcoming environment conducive to academic growth and character development. Fluent in English and Korean.
Employment history example
Kindergarten Teacher at Los Angeles Unified School District, Reseda Elementary School, 2019 - Present
Instruct developing learners in basic reading, writing, math, and speaking skills. Plan and implement engaging lessons to meet the needs of diverse learners. Tailor instruction appropriately and provide encouragement, emotional support, and celebration of achievement. Manage effective classroom procedures and logistics to help students keep focus. Assign in-class and homework, evaluate performance, and maintain accurate records. Provide parents with updates on student progress.
Credited by administration for helping students who started the year at below grade level to make significant advancements across all subject areas.
Kindergarten Teacher at Garr Academy Of Mathematics and Entrepreneurial Studies Charter School, Granada Hills, CA 2013 - 2018
Served as Head Teacher in general education classroom, instructing students in language, mathematics, arts, cultural studies, sciences, physical education / health, and general education. Designed and delivered curriculum, guided students through lesson plans, and provided positive encouragement to inspire top performance. Assessed, graded, and reported student performance.
Optimized student performance and subject matter retention through utilizing proven methods and innovative technologies including Smartboard and interactive software.
Increased student success with neurodevelopmental framework during lessons by utilizing higher-order and social cognition, language, memory, neuro-motor functions, and temporal-sequential ordering.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies at California State University
Accelerated Collaborative Teacher Education Program / Elementary Cohort Program at California State University
Curriculum Development & Lesson Planning
Student & Parent Relationship Development
Teacher Team Collaboration
Core Subject Instruction
Common Core State Standards
Social Skill Development
Helen is an experienced freelance writer with a strong background in job search and career advice, in particular resume best practices, interviewing, and personal and professional development. Before Career.io, Helen worked for high-profile recruitment firms and in the field of HR management, so she has a strong sense of what recruiters are looking for in a potential employee as well as experience in supporting career growth and development.