The biggest benefit to teaching is knowing that you have a direct impact in helping prepare your students to succeed in life beyond the classroom. The impact may come in the form of conveying information, as in my subject of chemistry... It may also be in modeling patience, self-control, organization, or how to treat others with respect. The impact teachers have on students’ lives can never be overestimated.
~John A. Fedorowicz, U.S. Navy, 1988-2013 Chemistry teacher, Indian River High School
Matt Bakken teaches courses where he does a lot of creative work that calls for one-on-one sessions with students, allowing him to meet with them on a more personal level. "Previous students always stop in during holidays or vacations to see me and to see what we are doing", Bakken says. He also says that it is "deeply rewarding to watch my students transition through our time together (in the classroom)".
~Matt Bakken , USMC, 2001-2005 Tech Ed Teacher, Middle Shool, Big Sky School District #72
“It’s so important to foster a love of learning early and to build upon that year to year,” Icatar said. “Once a student has two positive consecutive school years, you have a student for life.”
~Nonato Icatar, USAF (Ret.), 5th Grade Teacher, Travis Elementary School
“I became a teacher to work with children, to help them achieve and prepare for the future... This means helping them persevere when things seem difficult, which is a necessary life skill. I want to use my experience and knowledge to bring real life examples into their learning. I feel it’s time to give back some of the good fortune I’ve had in my life and teaching is my way of doing that.”
~Mark Kleinman, Lt.Col. (Ret.), USAF Reserve , Math Teacher, Travis Elementary School
"We spend a considerable amount of time with students and help shape their futures, not only with teaching but also with the examples that we set by the way we conduct ourselves. In some instances, we are the only support group that our students have."
~Spencer Martin, US Navy (Ret.), STEM Teacher, Sunnyside High School
“From ROTC to active duty to retirement and DANTES helping me transition into the new world through the Troops to Teachers program, it all came together and I said here’s my time to show’em what a retired Air Force officer can do. It was a blessing.”
~Ernie Rosado, Major (Ret.), USAF, Principal, Gulf Shores High School
Teaching on a reservation or with American Indian students can bring rewards not found in any other school. If you are a participant seeking to teach American Indian students, visit our Indian Affairs page.
Mercy College received an award of 1.16 million dollars to provide twenty (20) Veterans of the Unite...
Current, separated and retired members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserve components and National Guard are eligible for Troops to Teachers program services. A member selected to participate in the program before separation or retirement may continue to participate after separation or retirement as long as the discharge is characterized as honorable.
For participants requesting a stipend or bonus, additional conditions apply.
If you are a current member of the Armed Forces or have an honorable discharge, you can apply for the Troops to Teachers program. Once your application is processed, the Troops to Teachers Program Office will notify you by email of which services you are eligible to receive based on your military service time, education, and application date.
Troops to Teachers national office facilitates employment by reviewing qualifications and connecting participants with hiring officials. Participants can CLICK HERE to view the latest teaching opportunities posted.
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