Image of Testifier “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
CA
California
Image of Testifier “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
CA
California
Image of Testifier "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
WA
Washington
Image of Testifier “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
AL
Alabama
Image of Testifier "There were no challenges with TTT. It was surprisingly simple. The biggest help was paying for a bunch of classes to get that credential, so the stipend was a huge help. Without it, I don't know if I would have dropped teaching but it would have made life a lot more difficult... It was absolutely painless. They've been quick to respond to questions and it's just been great."
Kenneth Scott Myers, USAF (Ret.)
Computer Operations and Video Game Design
CA
California