National organization recruiting troops to be teachers

Military Matters

A seminar put on by Troops to Teachers is happening Monday.

It’s a program that helps active military, veterans and their families transition into teaching careers. 

The organization has placed more than 160 teachers in positions in Colorado school districts in the last 18 months, and more than 100 in “hard-to-fill” support roles like security, paraprofessional, human resources, and substitutes.    

John Scheuer is a veteran and a Troops to Teachers alumni. He said having troops as teachers is a win for the veterans, schools, and students.  

“The person coming out of the military brings a different skill set than someone coming out of a college education might not have, such as discipline, cultural sensitivity, and awareness,” Scheuer said. “Those types of skills and leadership that a military member can bring into the classroom as well.”

If you are interested in learning more, the seminar is Monday at 5 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center at 530 Communication Circle in Colorado Springs.

Program participants may be eligible for a $5,000 stipend to reimburse costs associated with becoming a licensed teacher, or a $10,000 bonus for teaching in a high-needs school.

Troops to Teachers is administered locally through a Department of Defense grant to the Colorado Department of Education. The soldiers must teach at a Colorado school district.  

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