The Troops to Teachers (TTT) Program is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in "high-need" public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed. The program is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) in Pensacola, FL. The purpose of the program is to address two needs: employment for military members leaving service and recruiting quality teachers for schools that serve low income families throughout America. TTT uses former service members to mentor in the capacity of the teacher. TTT helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high-needs subject areas, and assists military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching.
In order to be eligible for the program you must be a current or former member of the U.S. Armed Forces whose last period of service is characterized as honorable with an interest in instructional or non-instructional pre-K through high school employment. Those who meet certain criteria as defined by the legislation may also be eligible to apply for TTT financial assistance to assist with their transition to the classroom. The financial assistance is provided in stipends up to $5,000 to help pay for teacher certification costs or as bonuses of $10,000 to teach in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families. If a participant chooses to accept the stipend or bonus, he or she must agree to teach for three years in schools that serve students from low-income families in accordance with authorizing legislation.
For additional information or to get started with your counseling, please contact the Virginia State TTT Office:
Mr. Joe Wargo, Director
Mr. Greg Coogan, Program Coordinator
Mr. Art Lensky, Counselor
Virginia Troops to Teachers
113 Education Bldg., Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0157
Toll Free: 800-560-4317
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