Dear Mr. So-and-so,
My name is Alisha Kanji, and I will be working with you in the classroom as part of my pre-internship requirement at the University of Regina, Faculty of Education. Please accept my sincerest gratitude, excitement, and appreciation for this wonderful opportunity and for allowing me to observe the daily activities in your classroom. I am eager to gain experience and learn valuable lessons in order to become an outstanding educator for my future students.
To introduce myself, I was born and raised in Alberta, but in May 2015, I graduated from the University of Lethbridge with my Bachelor of Arts in General Social Science with my majors in History, Sociology and Psychology. I decided to move out to Regina to obtain my second degree in a B.Ed, and boy am I loving my program and city! I am a very active member of my religious community and spend my free time volunteering, teaching, mentoring and running different programs both within and outside of the community. I also enjoy dancing, public speaking, and acting, as well as reading, and I feel that these skills and values I have learned along the way have shaped who I am today. Teaching and mentoring other individuals has always been a passion of mine. I have been told by many friends, relatives, and community members that they can see the enthusiasm and excitement light up in my eyes every time the opportunity to teach and help contribute to the knowledge of others arises.
My first encounters with teaching in a formal setting occurred when I taught Sunday school in Calgary and Lethbridge to grade 7, 8 and 10 students. Through this experience, I was able to observe how experienced teachers conduct their classes and learn first-hand some teaching strategies, while being introduced to concepts of lesson planning and the hard work that goes into managing a classroom. I am very excited to be learning other strategies and to get a more hands-on experience of the dynamic roles that a teacher has to play in the classroom. Some of my key strengths include a positive attitude toward constructive criticism, thinking outside the box, being organized, being hardworking, and being able to play the role both of a leader and team-player – all of which I hope will help me in one way or another. I look forward to working closely with you and learning important skills that will help me to succeed. I cannot wait to see what these next few months have in store for us, and I am sure that this semester will be full of fun and lots of learning!