Kenneth Scott Myers

Kenneth Scott Myers

USAF C-5s to High School Video Game Design

Medically retired after serving 11 years in the Air Force, SSgt Kenneth Scott Myers is now the Business and Technology Department Chair, Project Lead for the “be.next” Game Design Academy, Lathrop High School, in Lathrop, California . Myers served as a C-5 flight engineer and instructor. Dual-hatted as the squadron network administrator, he took care of all the computers, doing some programming and scheduling, when he wasn’t flying. At the time, little did he know that his computer experience and instructor duty would help him secure a second career working as a high school teacher.

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Joseph Olan

Joseph Olan

Troops to Teacher to Fullbright Scholar

Retired U.S. Army Joseph Olan was medically discharged from the Army in 2004 and had been serving as a Counter Intelligence Specialist (97B) at Fort Huachuca prior to his separation from the military. He immediately joined Troops to Teachers and has spent seven years impacting student lives. "The interpersonal communications skills the military helped me develop transferred seamlessly to my work with students. In both the military and the classroom, experiencing different personalities and backgrounds prepared me fro the diverse populations that I worked with," says Olan.

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Michael S. McKenzie

Michael S. McKenzie

A Successful Transition

Like many youth, Michael S. McKenzie faced challenges in his younger days, but his middle school health teacher and coach never gave up on him.

"I was a high school drop-out who was lost in drugs and alcohol," said McKenzie, a sergeant in the West Virginia Army National Guard. He recently secured a position teaching Health with the West Virginia Mountaineer ChalleNGe Acedemy in Kingwood, W.Va. with the help of the Troops to Teachers North Atlantic Region Office. Those early lessons have stayed with McKenzie and now enhance his effectiveness as a teacher at the academy.

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Brian Marinelli

Brian Marinelli

Teaching is a Passion forged by Service

Brian Marinelli didn’t know what he was going to do after he retired from the Air Force until he spent time as a volunteer in his daughter’s classroom. After that experience, he knew he wanted to be a school teacher.

Brian retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after 23 years in the Air Force, and is now in his seventh year as an elementary school teacher in Boise, Idaho. He is currently teaching fifth- and sixth-grade gifted students. He teaches three different math courses, two science, and one language arts course each day.

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Steven Parker

Steven Parker

West Point Graduate Perfect Match for Superintendent

Steven Parker received his Bachelor of Science in National Security/Public Affairs from The United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1986. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps soon after.

While on active duty, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Florida Tech. Parker was medically retired in October 1994, and began substitute teaching as he was trying to figure out what to do with his life. It was while substituting that he realized teaching was his passion. This became the beginning of his long journey in education, roots to treetops.

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Rae Ann Dotter

Rae Ann Dotter

TTT Participant receives second National Teacher of the Year Honor

Announced June 23 in Washington, D.C., Colorado Troops to Teachers (TTT) participant Rae Anne Dotter was selected as the 2015 National Challenger Center for Space Science Education Teacher of the Year. Dotter, who teaches science at Cotopaxi Junior Senior High, is now a two-time recipient of this national level award, having also received it in 2012. The award honors teachers who inspire students and help them excel in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, as well as implement their classroom plans with the Challenger Center. Nominations are taken from the 40 Challenger Learning Centers throughout the United States, England, South Korea, and Canada.

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