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Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers

Chris Picha

Troops to Teachers (TTT) was established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program. It was later written into the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 which is presently managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) located in Pensacola Florida.

Reflecting the spirit of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the primary objective of the TTT program is to help recruit mature, self-disciplined and dedicated veterans interested in teaching in elementary and secondary public, charter and vocational schools. Focused on relieving teacher shortages, especially in the high-needs areas of Math, Science, Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL), the program includes a Stipend and Bonus program for individuals willing to commit to teaching students from low-income families.

Working under DANTES and with their respective state departments of education, a network of State TTT Offices has been established to provide qualifying former soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines and coast guards with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routs to state certification, and employment leads. Another important feature of the program involves reaching out to prospective schools and school district officials, apprising them of the benefits of hiring an experienced, mature and dedicated veteran for the job.

To date, nearly 13,000 Troops to Teachers participants have been employed as teachers in public education in the United States and the District of Columbia. Since the enactment of NCLB , nearly 6,000 TTT participants have received financial assistance through the program, money that enabled them to complete any additional training and development needed to obtain licensure in their home states. Many of these participating veterans have received recognition for their outstanding performance and leadership as teachers. Over the years, both print and broadcast media have covered these military veterans giving testimony of their success in the classroom. Several surveys conducted over the past decade also show strong evidence that teachers entering the classroom through the TTT program are successful in their new careers.

To register with Troops to Teachers contact your base/post Education Center or download a registration form from the TTT Home Page. Eligible active duty, National Guard and Reserve servicemen and women may register with TTT at any time. Counseling and information are available to all participants, however, financial assistance may not be provided to active duty personnel until one year prior to retirement or separation. For more information contact DANTES Troops to Teachers at or call toll free at 1-800-231-6242, E-mail:

Learn more about what Chris Picha has done in Ohio with the Troops to Teachers program:

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