How To Land Your Dream Job As a Lead Teacher

Becoming a lead teacher is a rewarding and challenging experience. It can be difficult to land your dream job, but it’s not impossible. To help you on your journey toward becoming a lead teacher, here are some tips for getting hired and staying employed:

What Is A Lead Teacher?

A lead teacher is an experienced teacher who has been given responsibility for running a classroom. They may also be called a “master” or “teacher leader,” but regardless of the title, their job is primarily to manage the day-to-day activities of their students. 

This includes lesson planning and assessment as well as acting as a mentor for new teachers in the school district.

Getting The Job

The first step in landing your dream job is knowing what you want. Do you want to work with kids? Do you want to work with adults? Do you want a creative writing position or a technical writing position? What’s the purpose of the job, and how can it help people grow and learn? 

You should also do some research on the company itself so that when asked about their goals and values during an interview, you can speak knowledgeably about what they’re doing.

When preparing for an interview (which we’ll talk about more later), make sure that all of your materials are up-to-date. 

Your resume should have every relevant experience mentioned and will likely need to be updated as time goes on. 

If there is anything not listed on your curriculum vitae but which might come up during an interview such as past jobs or volunteer positions then consider adding them at this time too!

Work On Your Computer Skills

In today’s world, there are a handful of things that you need to be able to do on a computer. For example, you need to know how to use email and Google Drive. 

These programs are essential for communicating with your prospective employer, so make sure that you’re familiar with them before the interview.

Another thing that employers look for is computer skills such as using Google Classroom or creating documents from scratch (like Microsoft Word). It’s important that you can demonstrate these things in an interview setting because they’re used frequently by teachers in everyday life.

You Need To Update Your Resume

Your resume should be updated regularly, and it’s important to keep it simple and professional. Use a common font like Times New Roman or Arial, along with a font size of 11 or 12.

Use bold text sparingly, because it makes your resume look unprofessional and can distract from the key information that is most important to hiring managers namely your experience. 

Instead of using italics, place an underline beneath words when you want them to stand out. As for bullet points? They’re much easier on the eyes than paragraphs!

Prepare For Interview Questions Ahead Of Time

Interview questions can be tricky. Luckily, there are some common questions you can expect to be asked no matter what job you’re interviewing for!

  • “Tell us about your teaching philosophy.”
  • “What do you feel makes a good teacher?”
  • “How do you handle difficult students?”

If your interview panel is asking these kinds of questions, chances are they want to know: what kind of person are you? How would others describe the way that you work? What do your peers think about their own experience working with you? 

You’ll want to come prepared with examples from your past experiences that demonstrate how well-suited for this position and this district (if applicable) before the interview begins so that when called upon, all the information needed is at hand.

Do Not Forget To Smile!

People are often attracted to people who smile. Smiling is a sign of being friendly, approachable, and confident. 

A good way to get your dream job is by saying “hello” with a smile on your face as soon as you meet someone new in the office or anywhere else that might lead you to meet your future employer. 

The last thing you should do is go into an interview sitting down and looking like a sourpuss; instead, give the interviewer a warm smile when they come into the room and keep it up throughout their time there!

Always Have A Notepad And Pen With You And Be Ready For Note Taking

It’s important to have a pen and paper with you wherever you go. You never know when you might need to take notes, whether it be on the job or during an interview. If you have your notepad and pen, great! 

But if not, make sure there are some handy wherever you are at a restaurant table, a coffee shop counter, etc. so that when inspiration strikes (or someone says something amazing), you can write down everything they say without missing a word.

Once Hired, Leverage Technology In The Classroom

While it’s important to use technology to help students learn, it’s also crucial to use technology effectively and efficiently. The best way for you to meet the needs of your students is by using technology in the classroom so that your lessons are engaging, interactive, and fun.

The following tips will help you embrace technology at home or in the workplace:

  • Use a laptop or tablet as an alternative source of learning materials, such as books or videos
  • Use an app like Glow Preschool Math on Android devices so kids can play educational games while travelling on vacation

Always Be On Time!

Being on time is a standard that you should set for yourself. If you are late, it is not only disrespectful to your co-workers but also shows that you cannot be counted on.

Being on time means that when the workday starts, you are ready to go! This includes being dressed appropriately and having all the materials necessary for your lessons. It’s so important to show up prepared! 

If you are unable to do this because of an emergency or something else out of your control, let someone know as soon as possible so they can make arrangements for coverage or help finish up any last-minute tasks before class starts.

Get Involved In Your Local Education Community

The best way to become a leader in your school is by getting involved in the community of educators around you.

Join a professional organization that supports teachers. Many schools have local organizations for teachers and staff, but if yours doesn’t, try joining one online!

Attend conferences and workshops on education topics. You’ll meet other educators who can share their stories and experiences with you, which will help guide your teaching career as well as give ideas for projects or lesson plans you could do at home.

Volunteer in your school first before volunteering at another one nearby (if there are no volunteer opportunities available). 

This allows for more direct feedback about how well you’re doing compared to other leaders who’ve been around longer than yourself–and what steps need improvement so that next year’s class goes even better than this one did!

Be Prepared To Share Your Teaching Philosophy

If you want to land your dream job as a lead teacher, you’ve got to be prepared to share your teaching philosophy. As part of the interview process, schools will want you to talk about what makes you tick as a teacher and how your approach differs from other teachers at the school. 

It’s important that whatever you say is honest and genuine you don’t want to give the impression that you’ll teach any which way just so long as they hire you!

For example: “I believe strongly in creating an environment that respects everyone’s learning styles.” Or “I think it’s important for students to have fun while learning because we need more joy in our lives.” 

These are both great examples of how a prospective employer can get insight into who YOU are as a person and why exactly YOU would be an asset to their team.

Understand Adolescent Development Needs And Behaviors

Understanding adolescent development needs and behaviors are crucial to being able to work with them. Here are some key points:

Adolescents are more emotional than adults. They feel the same things as adults, but they experience them more intensely and for longer periods.

Adolescents are more impulsive than adults. They don’t think through their actions before acting, which can lead them into trouble with school policies or even law enforcement at times (such as when they’re caught drinking alcohol).

Adolescents are more likely to act on their emotions than adults they’re prone to lashing out at anyone who seems like an enemy or someone who has hurt them emotionally, even if it means that person doesn’t deserve the treatment he or she is getting from your student!

Adolescents are also more likely than adults to act on their impulses instead of thinking things through logically first; this means they might do something wild without considering whether it’s a good idea first!

There Are Many Things Teachers Can Do To Be Successful Lead Teachers

First, it’s important to understand adolescent development. The most important thing to know is that the brain doesn’t stop developing until your mid-20s or so. As a result, adolescents are constantly trying new things and exploring their interests and values; they’re in a state of flux. 

In this regard, teachers need to help students learn how their actions affect others and how they can make positive contributions to their world.

Lead teachers should also be able to share their teaching philosophy with you so you can see if it aligns with yours. Evaluate whether or not this person will work well with your other staff members (and vice versa). 

The last thing anyone wants is working alongside someone who strongly disagrees about what should be taught in class! 

It’s also important for lead teachers’ philosophies of education to match up with yours because if everyone isn’t on board with what needs to be done at school then there will be lots of conflict down the road which could cost everyone involved dearly.

Especially when those conflicts occur during school hours when kids are present so disrupting them from learning takes away valuable time from instruction as well as making students feel unsafe because there might not be enough staff around,” she said.”


This is a great career choice for people who like working with kids and have a passion for education. As lead teachers, you’ll get to work with a small class of students, which means you can focus on individual needs and learning styles. 

Plus, being the lead teacher gives you more exposure to school policies and administration which can be an advantage if you want to move up in the ranks someday!