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Troops to Teachers helps active duty, career-seeking veterans, and retired military transition into teaching. This is the Troops to Teachers Creed shared with TeacherReady by Joe Morgan, Regional Director of Mountain Pacific Troops to Teacher:
“Recognizing my chosen profession as a teacher, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige and honor bestowed upon me.
I accept the challenge to create a learning environment conducive to optimum achievement and academic excellence.
I honor every student as unique individuals with the potential to reach their goals and purpose in life.
As troops – now teachers, we change the world one student at a time. We demonstrate the values of honesty, respect, and citizenship.
Proud to serve again!”
A February 2013 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 collaboration with Troops To Teachers and our military:
TeacherReady’s connection purpose is its commitment to Service men and women, their families, and the education programs and centers of the military. This connection to purpose impacts schools and students; 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.
Johnson, R. (02.03.2013). “Fla. schools triple hiring of veterans,” Pensacola News Journal. Pages 1C, 9C.
Troops to Teachers (TTT) was established in 1994 as a Department of
Defense program… The primary objective of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve students from low-income families throughout America. TTT helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other critical subject areas and assists military personnel in making successful
career transitions. For more information about TTT visit them at http://www.troopstoteachers.net.
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.