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Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Teacher

This Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Teacher acknowledges the students’ loss and assures them of the teacher’s care for them.  It reminds them to appreciate the knowledge they gained from this teacher’s dedicated work and commends them in their efforts to honor her.  Although written from the perspective of a substitute teacher, such a letter is appropriate for many situations in which an adult knew the teacher or is familiar with the children in the class.  Adapt the wording according to your own situation.  It is always appropriate to assure children that their teacher loved them and was proud of them.  This letter is probably more appropriate for a class of later elementary students or above.  Feel free to glean any of the ideas or words from this Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Teacher and use them as a model for your own letter.

Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Teacher

Dear Class,

How sorry I was to hear about your teacher Mrs. Hawkins! She was a favorite for many of you, and I know you must feel very sad right now.

Whenever I substituted for her, I saw evidence of how well she taught you—her classroom, her teaching plans, and you, her students. I know that she was very pleased with your progress so far this year. Even more important, Mrs. Hawkins loved and cared about each one of you. I know you loved her, as well, and that you will miss her positive attitude and her inspiring words. She expected the best from all of her students, and you will appreciate that in years to come.

As I have told you, she also taught my daughter some years ago. I remember all the great projects she assigned and the way she encouraged her students to learn on their own. My daughter will always have fond memories of her, and you will, too. Let these memories continue to inspire you throughout the years.

I’m sorry I can’t be there to teach your class now in this most difficult time. However, I do plan to attend Mrs. Hawkins’ memorial service at the school next week. If any of you have the opportunity to speak at the service, I encourage you to do so. Don’t be nervous about standing up to share a memory of your teacher. She would be proud of you.

I hear that you and your parents are already planning to start a new section in the library in her honor. If possible, I would like to participate in this project. So keep me posted.

I hope to see you at the service next week.


Mrs. Preston

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