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NEWS | Aug. 1, 2007

Military Retirees Make Great Teachers

By Lackland RAO

Over the last 12 years, more than 10,000 military veterans have become teachers across the country, of which 1,670 were hired here in Texas. Almost 7,000 of these new teachers are retired military, proving that teaching is an ideal career for those who have already completed a military career. 

The Troops to Teachers program continues to offer information and financial assistance to all military retirees with bachelor's degrees to make it possible for them to become public school teachers. This includes all retired military, from all services, National Guard and Reserves, no matter when they retired or when they completed their bachelor's degrees! 

Retirees with at least a bachelor's degree may register with Troops to Teachers. TTT has two types of financial benefits for which a potential teacher might apply- either a stipend or a bonus. The stipend is provided to pay for the costs of becoming a teacher. Once a retiree has been accepted into a teacher certification program, TTT will provide up to $5,000 to pay for the cost of certification. 

Once a participant is hired, he or she may also qualify for additional funds in the form of a bonus, which is paid as an incentive to teach in high-need schools. If a TTT participant gets hired to teach at a school campus where 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunches, the teacher will qualify for a $10,000 bonus instead of the stipend. The bonus is paid out in three payments over a three year period. 

For additional information or to request a Troops to Teachers registration, call the Texas Troops To Teachers Office in Austin at 1-800-810-5484. Meryl Kettler, the TTT coordinator, or her assistant, Dale Reynolds, can answer all your questions about TTT funding about becoming a teacher in Texas.