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Veteran-only program helps transition troops to teachers

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:31 pm

No matter what branch of military service an active duty service member or veteran represents, every military member is doing a community service to protect the citizens of the United States. Troops to Teachers (TTT), a veteran-only program, hosted a seminar on May 16 at the John A. Lejeune Education Center on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune to provide information on how a service member can become a teacher at the end of their military career.

“[Every service member has] gained some type of skill set whether serving four years or twenty years,” said Doug Taggart, a TTT program coordinator. “We want to be able to provide, assist and prepare those that have an interest in becoming a teacher.”

One tool that TTT provides to service members in the surrounding area of MCB Camp Lejeune is a two-day shadowing experience. This provides an opportunity for service members to shadow a teacher in a local school in the subject area and grade level of students that they are interested in pursuing as a teacher.

“The goal is to let you see what a modern classroom is like,” Taggart said. “You do this for two days and there are typically two outcomes. Either you are motivated and want to take the next steps in order to become a teacher, or you realize that maybe teaching is not for you.”

TTT offers a financial assistance program that will offer up to $10,000 to assist service members with their career transition. According to the TTT website, you must be a current or former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, and apply within three years of leaving active duty or reserve retirement date with no minimum education requirement.

The seminar also provides information and changes to some of the North Carolina state laws for those who wish to remain local. One of the laws discussed was the lateral license changing to the residency license, as well as the Corporal Pruitt Rainey Brass to Class Act which is a North Carolina law that benefits military service members who wish to teach K-12. This act awards veterans for their military experience and assists local school systems to establish teacher salaries. The Brass to Class Act states that one full year of experience credit shall be awarded for every two years of full-time instructional or leadership duties while on active military duty in the Armed Forces.

This law was enacted to honor Corporal Pruitt Rainey who had served during Operation Enduring Freedom. When Rainey was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008, the General Assembly of North Carolina ratified the act in 2013 to honor the North Carolina native who had wished to become a physical education teacher and wrestling coach.

TTT holds its next seminar on July 18 for those interested in becoming a teacher. For more information about TTT and to apply for financial requirements visit www.proudtoserveagain.com.

For more information about the Corporal Pruitt Rainey Brass to Class Act visit www.ncpublicschools.org/troops/brass.