"Teaching after serving in the military is important because … as a soldier you learned to be an effective leader and acquired the necessary skills to assist others. It’s so rewarding to know that this can be transferred to the classroom. The life of a soldier is filled with multiple experiences that have helped him/her become a true leader accompanied by amazing attributes, such as loyalty, selfless service, courage, duty, honor, and more. To stand before students and positively impact their lives with his/her example is truly a vocation of a lifetime."
~Jorge Eduardo Pulleiro, U.S.Army 1999-2005 Spanish Language Arts Dual Immersion Teacher, Wood River Middle School
"Using my military experience and training for teaching helped me be a successful educator in the classroom (Mississippi), and prepared me for my role as the first person to open a special education consultancy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)."
~Marcheta Hightower, Lieutenant, US Navy (Ret) Special Education
"I'm that person when I was in uniform and they would thank me for my service, it just seemed like 'No way, I'm so grateful for the military' and for the service they gave me and it's kind of the same with teaching. They're the ones (the students) that keep teaching and growing me. So, if you look at your time in the military as what it's brought to you, then teaching is gonna be the same way." Watch the Army video highlighting her story: https://youtu.be/U1JREWLImZI
~Heatherann Bozeman, Captain, US Army (Ret) Work Force Educator, TV Production
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
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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.
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