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Florida schools hired 306 military retirees and veterans through Troops To Teachers (Pensacola News Journal: Johnson, 02.03.2013). Troops To Teachers helps active duty, career-seeking veterans, and retired military transition into teaching. Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia schools hired 426, 240, and 204 former military, rounding out the top 4 states partnering with Troops To Teachers (TTT) to contribute new TTT teachers into classrooms. A recent article in the Pensacola News Journal highlights Troops To Teachers commitment nationwide:

Troops To Teachers… has counselors in all 50 states and the U.S. territories who counsel veterans on prospective teaching careers and also advise school officials… about the attributes that veterans bring to the classroom.

There are currently more than 12,000 veterans teaching in U.S. schools who have participated in Troops To Teachers.

[Troops to Teachers] mentors candidates and offers stipends of up to $5,000 for educational assistance to qualify for teaching jobs… [Northwest Florida] Veterans interested in teaching may contact Troops To Teachers at 850-452-1320 or [visit] http://ProudToServeAgain.com.

Below is more information about Florida’s commitment to veterans:

Florida’s hiring of 306 veterans as teachers represents approximately 12 percent of the nation’s total (2,629) who got jobs through Troops to Teachers in 2012 (Johnson).

Florida Troops To Teachers is part of Zone 2 with KY, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, and GA; click here to determine eligibility, to register, to find a state office counselor in your location.

Dr. John Gantz, National Chief of the Troops To Teachers program in Pensacola from 1993 to 2007, was inducted into the TTT Hall of Fame in 2007. The Hall of Fame “was created to honor members of the educational community who have made significant contributions to assist veterans as they transition to the teaching profession” (Award Ceremony Program).

TeacherReady® is the University of West Florida’s Educator Preparation Institute and is an online alternative certification program targeted to individuals interested in a career transition to the teaching profession. View previous blogs about TeacherReady’s affiliation with Troops To Teachers and our military:

Celebrating Troops who Choose to Teach

TeacherReady Gets Thumbs Up from Colorado DOE

Celebrating Troops who Choose to Teach: Master Sergeant Matthew Knight

TeacherReady Exhibits at Council of College and Military Educators (CCME)

Service Members Choose to Teach

To date, TeacherReady’s affiliation with Service men and women, their our families, and the education programs and centers of the military has been rewarding; over 200 active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel are currently enrolled in TeacherReady or have earned their professional teaching certificate through TeacherReady. TeacherReady works with Troops to Teachers and Veterans Affairs; in addition, we work with MyCCA and the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, all of which provide their own teaching assistance for individuals affiliated with their branch of service and who are enrolled in TeacherReady. We salute the work of our military men and women and their family members, and appreciate the opportunity to offer them and others interested in a career transition to the teaching profession a quality, state approved, and nationally accredited teacher certification program to get there.

TeachReady

 

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Johnson, R. (02.03.2013). “Fla. schools triple hiring of veterans,” Pensacola News Journal. Pages 1C, 9C.

TeacherReady is state approved and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. Upon completion of TeacherReady, individuals earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida. Visit the TeacherReady website or connect with them on Facebook for more information.