How To Land Your Dream Job As Math Teacher

“I was a math teacher for 20 years. I loved my students, but I didn’t love my job.”

1. Get Your Resume In Order

Your resume should be tailored to the position you’re applying for. Moreover, it’s important that your resume is error-free and easy to read. 

This means making sure all of the dates are consistent, that there are no typos, and that each section has a clear subheading with accurate information. 

If you’ve taught in multiple places or have volunteered with one organization over time (e.g., five years), make sure your list of responsibilities is comprehensive enough so that a hiring manager can see how much experience you have with math education.

Finally, make sure your resume looks good next to your cover letter: if they don’t match up at all or if they look like they were written by two different people (either because they weren’t proofread thoroughly or because they were written by two different people), then this could hurt your chances of getting an interview.

2. Find Schools That Have Openings For Math Teachers

Once you’ve decided that teaching is what you want to do, it’s time to start looking for schools that have openings. You can find information on the internet or in newspapers and magazines. Ask friends who are teachers where they work. 

There may also be local organizations with lists of available jobs, such as associations of school administrators or professional organizations like the National Council for Mathematics Teaching (NCMT).

Getting started as a teacher in most areas requires at least a bachelor’s degree, but if you want to teach high school math or science; get a master’s degree. 

After completing your education program and earning certification through one of several methods (such as passing Praxis exams), you will need to apply for jobs through your state department of education or school district website. 

Many districts require applicants to complete an online application during which they submit their resume/CV, cover letter explaining why they want this particular job , references from former employers and professors/mentors if applicable . 

Some places even require candidates take tests like Wonderlic Personnel Test which measures brainpower by asking questions about logic puzzles involving numbers.”

3. Polish Up Your Cover Letter

Include a cover letter with your resume. Your cover letter should be tailored to the job posting, as well as include some information about why you think you’re a good candidate for that particular position.

Make sure your cover letter is well-written and professional. Don’t use the same cover letter for every job, even if it seems like one of those generic templates will get the job done just fine. Even if it’s not perfect, make sure it looks professional!

Don’t copy other people’s work: some candidates may be tempted to take someone else’s already successful application materials as their own (or worse, lift them directly from a roster or website), but this is both illegal and unethical in most cases.

4. Perfect Your Phone Skills

Make sure you are prepared to answer interview questions, and that you are familiar with the school or district in which you will be working. 

Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If there is something that seems unclear or incomplete in their job description or application process, ask about it! 

You want to make sure that the job is a good fit for both parties involved. You’ll also want to request contact information so that you can follow-up with an email thanking them for their time after the interview has concluded (and if they don’t offer it first).

5. Sharpen Your Interviewing Skills

You have the interview. You’ve done your research and are prepared to answer questions about your resume, teaching philosophy and experience, strengths and weaknesses. But do you know how to nail an interview?

A couple of years ago I had an opportunity to speak with a recruiter who specializes in hiring math teachers for public schools. 

She told me that many applicants lack basic interviewing skills; which is why it’s important for them to take time out ahead of time to practice answering questions they might be asked during the interview process.

Here are some sample questions that she shared:

6. Create A Teaching Portfolio

A teaching portfolio is a collection of your best work. It can include samples of lesson plans, student projects and assessments, classroom posters or displays you’ve created, videos of yourself in the classroom (either live or recorded), and any other material that demonstrates your ability to do the job well.

In addition to helping you land your first job as a math teacher, having a strong portfolio can also help you get promoted when you’re ready for more responsibilities; it may even help you earn tenure at some schools. 

The important thing is that it shows employers both that you have what it takes to be an effective teacher and that they’re not taking any chances by hiring someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing yet.

7. Practice Interview Questions

  • Practice the questions you’ll be asked.
  • It’s a good idea to rehearse answers before the interview so that you can respond quickly, clearly and confidently.
  • If possible, check out your interviewer’s social media accounts and make sure they’re appropriate (no naked selfies!). 
  • If they are not appropriate, consider whether or not this is something that could affect your job satisfaction (or ability to sleep at night). Also think about whether or not it will affect student morale or behavior in any way. If the answer is “yes,” reconsider applying for the position until this issue has been resolved.
  • Research the school district where you’d be working if hired as well as its mission statement, goals/objectives, and student demographics if available online or through other sources of information.

Such as local newspapers/TV channels etc., so that when asked about them during an interview it sounds like something from an informed perspective rather than just regurgitating something from Wikipedia.”

8. Send Out Thank You Notes After Interviews

When you get home from an interview, don’t just sit on your couch and relax. Write a thank you note to everyone who interviewed you. This is a great way to reiterate your interest in the job, as well as show respect for the people who took time out of their day to talk with you. 

Sending thank-you notes should be a part of any job hunt because it leaves a positive impression on potential employers and increases the likelihood of being invited back for another interview. 

Make sure that each thank-you note is personalized it’s important that every person who interviews you feels like they have been heard!

Here’s what one example might look like:

9. Show A Willingness To Learn And Grow As A Teacher

The best teachers are those who want to be better, who are open to feedback, and who are willing to learn from others. They know that there’s always more to learn about math, about teaching, and about life in general.

Be open to feedback: Taking criticism is not easy; it can hurt your ego and your sense of self-worth. But if you can take it with grace and humility, you’ll learn much more than you would have if you’d dismissed the criticizer as “mean” or “unreasonable.”

Ask for help when needed: Asking a colleague for advice isn’t a sign of weakness; it shows confidence that they’re doing something right that you could benefit from learning too! 

Similarly, asking a student how they arrived at their answer teaches them ownership over their knowledge while giving them an opportunity to show off their skills which will only motivate them further down the road (and make them more likely to enjoy math class).

Listen attentively when someone is sharing information with you: Even if all they’re doing is answering questions from students or describing something on the board.

Or even if things seem like common knowledge it never hurts anyone (including yourself!) just being present during these interactions; sometimes being there can make all the difference between feeling isolated vs feeling supported by others around us.

10. Volunteer At Schools And Get To Know The Staff

Volunteering is a great way to get know the school, meet great people and get some experience. When you are looking for a math teaching job, volunteer at a school that has openings for math teachers. 

This will allow you to build relationships with faculty members in order to eventually secure your dream teaching position.

By volunteering while still in college, you can also use this experience as proof of your commitment and dedication to teaching math at the high school level. You’ll be able to show how much passion and drive you have towards shaping young minds in an educational setting.

After volunteering at multiple schools over several years (if possible), it may finally become time for that dream job offer! 

You should now have plenty of connections on staff who will remember what an asset they found during those early days when they only knew “some kid from college who wanted nothing more than help out wherever possible.”

11. Form Relationships With Local School Districts And Administration Personnel

The first step to landing your dream job is making sure you have a strong relationship with the people who are hiring. This is true whether you’re applying for a position as an entry-level teacher or as a superintendent of schools. 

You want them to know who you are, what makes you unique, and how much energy and passion they would be getting if they hired you.

There are many ways to build relationships with district administrators and personnel before entering the interview process:

  • Attend local professional development sessions hosted by districts
  • Volunteer in classrooms at your local high school(s) during their academic year (or summer school)
  • Start conversations on social media channels like Twitter or Facebook with educators in your area about common interests and then engage with them!

12. Connect With Math Teachers Associations In Your State And Community

If you’re interested in finding out more about math teacher associations, check out the national umbrella organization for teachers of mathematics, MAA (the Mathematical Association of America).

You can also look up your state’s association by searching online. If it doesn’t exist on its own, then it may be part of a larger group called NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).

Find out what the association does and how they accomplish its mission. Members benefit from having access to resources like job postings and professional development opportunities. 

You may also find that one association is better suited to your needs than others, or that several associations have overlapping missions so there isn’t much difference between them at all!

To become a member or leader in an association, contact them directly and ask how they recruit new members or volunteers.

13. Become An Expert On Education Reform Issues In The United States

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what it takes to be a teacher, it’s time to take a step back and look at how education reform is affecting our classrooms. 

Education reform has been gaining momentum in the U.S., but how exactly does this affect teachers? There are two main types of education reform: national and state-by-state.

National education reforms concern an overhaul of our entire educational system, which includes raising standards for students, increasing funding for schools and ensuring that teachers are qualified for their jobs. 

These changes can go hand in hand with state-specific ones like improving teacher evaluations or changing curriculum requirements to align with national standards.

State-by-state reforms involve making changes within individual states’ existing school systems; these are often more specific than those imposed by federal government initiatives (though they may also fall under federal jurisdiction). 

Some examples include requiring teachers who teach math as part of their curriculum to have an advanced degree in mathematics or higher level certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

14. Be Ready To Explain Why You Are Choosing To Become A Teacher At This Point In Your Life

As an aspiring teacher, it’s important to know why you are choosing to become a teacher at this point in your life. It could be that you want to give back, or perhaps you are looking for a career change. 

Whatever the reason, make sure that it is something genuine and well thought out before applying.

Once you’ve decided on where you would like to teach, begin searching for jobs within their district. A good place to start is with their website and social media pages as well as local news outlets. 

You can also search LinkedIn for people working at the school who may be able to provide insight into what the hiring process looks like and how long it takes before contracts start being issued after interviews have taken place since these vary from district-to-district depending upon budgeting issues within each one!

If there aren’t any openings available yet then consider contacting someone directly over email asking if there would be any spots opening up soon so they could keep them posted should anything come up unexpectedly which might prevent them from being able to attend (something I did). 

This way they don’t forget about me while waiting until next year when things open again up.

15. Have An Answer About Why You Want To Teach For That Specific School District

Have an answer about why you want to teach for that specific school district, and how your skills will contribute to the needs of the community.

You should be able to explain why you would want to teach in this particular school district. This is an opportunity for you to explain how your skills and experience can help students succeed. 

How do you feel that students can benefit from what they learn if they attend this school? 

Why do you think it’s important for them to have access to teachers who are familiar with the culture, demographics and challenges within the school district? What knowledge do you have about their student population?


Math is an all-encompassing subject. It’s not just about solving equations on a test or even creating your own original math problems, but also about understanding how numbers work in the world around us. 

If you have a passion for math and are looking for ways to use it as an educational tool in your classroom, there are plenty of great opportunities out there for teachers who want to teach this fascinating subject!