Troops to Teachers Zone 1

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

A U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
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    Zone 1 Get Started

    • Click HERE to register.
    • Click HERE to download hard copies of registration forms.
    • Click HERE to find a local state office counselor to help on your new career.
    • Click the States Tab above for information about state licensing requirements.
    • Click the Find a Job Tab above for immediate job openings.

    What We Do

    Goals and Objectives
    Reflecting the focus of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, TTT's primary objective is to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve low-income families throughout the U.S. TTT helps relieve the teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high-need subject areas, and assists military personnel in making a successful transition to second careers in teaching.

    We Can Help With

    Program Services and Participant Responsibilities
    During the initial counseling session, the counselor will:
    • Determine which subjects the participant is most eligible to teach
    • Discuss licensure options and pathways
    • Provide an individualized Teacher Licensure Action Plan
    • Generally inform the participant of stipend, bonus, and other financial
    assistance available
    • Discuss employment opportunities to include substitute teaching
    and alternative routes to licensure
    • Offer assistance with resume
    • Provide letters of recommendation if appropriate

    After personalized counseling, the participant is expected to:
    • Enroll in and complete a teacher licensure program
    • Coordinate with the national office for stipend/bonus funding
    • Obtain a substitute license if desired
    • Obtain a full-time position within a school district when qualified

    State counselors will provide continuous assistance by:
    • Providing notification of job openings
    • Providing recommendation letters as necessary
    • Conducting employment workshops concerning resume
    building, interview skills, and financial aid information
    Troops to Teachers offers up to a total of $10,000 in financial assistance to eligible participants.
    Troops to Teachers participants who accept financial assistance in the form of a Stipend or Bonus incur an obligation to teach for three years in schools or school districts that meet specified criteria as outlined below:

    STIPEND: Participants accepting the $5K stipend are obligated to teach for three years in any U.S. public school within a school district that has at least 20% of the students who come from families living below the poverty level,
    or a U.S. public school house where at least 50% of students are eligible for the free or reduced cost lunch program or have a “high percentage” (determined annually) of students with disabilities, so long as that school is in a school district that has between 10 and 20% of students who come from poverty level families.

    BONUS: Participants may accept a bonus of $10K in lieu of the stipend if they are employed as a teacher in a school district that has at least 10% or greater of the students who come from families living below the poverty level and are teaching in a school house where at least 50% of students are eligible for the free or reduced cost lunch program,
    or teaching in a school house that has a “high percentage” (determined annually) of students with disabilities.

    Participants who registered prior to 15 September 2005 may fulfill their teaching obligation under the operating rules in affect as of their date of registration. For additional information regarding stipend and bonus regulations please
    • GI Bill
    • Guide with grants, scholarships, fee waivers, student loans, tax incentives, checklists, and a wealth of resources supplied to help further your education provided by the American Legion, HERE
    • Scholarship Essay examples and tips HERE
    • Find Scholarships and Colleges HERE
    • Financial Aid Packet provided by MPTTT HERE
    Other Sources of Finances, not affiliated with TTT:
    Operation Promise

    From North Atlantic Region:
    There are a number of federal student aid programs available to help you pay for a higher education degree:
    • Grants – Student aid funds that do not have to be repaid (other conditions apply)
    • Work-Study – Part-time work program to earn money while you are in school
    • Federal Loans - Student aid funds that you must repay with interest
    • TEACH Grant - Amount of up to $4,000 per educational year for commitment to teach high-need subject/high-need school

    Types of Federal Student Loans:

    Explore Other Sources of Aid: 

    From West Virginia:
    The Montgomery GI Bill:
    Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill User's Guide

    Veterans Montgomery GI Bill User's Guide

    National Guard and Air Guard MGIB-SR User's Guide

    Selected Reserve MGIB-SR User's Guide

    The Post 9-11 Montgomery GI Bill:
    General Information

    GI Bill Payment Calculator (Requires Login)

    Information about the Yellow Ribbon program (West Virginia Public Institutions of Higher Education Qualify for this Program)

    Turn Your Military Experiences into College Credit:
    The American Council on Education’s Military Programs

    The American Council on Education’s Military Guide Online

    Scholarships for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts:
    Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans

    The Fund for Veterans Education

    Handbooks Containing Scholarship Information for Veterans:

    Military Education Websites:
    The West Virginia Army National Guard’s Education Services Office
    West Virginia Office of Veterans Education and Training Programs

    Scholarships and Tuition Assistance for Veterans and Spouses:’s Education Homepage’s Scholarship Finder

    Scholarships for Severely Injured Service Member and Spouse Scholarship Opportunities:
    DANTES Severely Injured Joint Operations Center

    Scholarship Information for Military Spouses:
    Military OneSource Spouse Education and Career Program
    DANTES Financial Aid for Spouses of Service Members’s Military Family Scholarships

    National Military Family Association's Military Spouse’s Education Guide

    Army Emergency Relief

    Navy - Vice Admiral E.P. Travers Loan Program

    Navy - Spouse Tuition Aid Program

    Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship

    Scholarships Specifically for Students that Intend to Become Teachers:
    AFT Scholarships and Loan Forgiveness Programs

    The Teach Grant

    Federal Financial Aid:
    Student Guide

    Stafford Loans

    General Scholarship Search Sites:

    Institutions of Higher Education in WV Offering Military Discounts:
    Bluefield State College
    - Offers a discount on tuition for spouses and dependents of active duty military and National Guard personnel
    Ohio Valley University - College of Professional Studies
    - Offers a tuition discount of ten percent to soldiers in the WV National Guard and their immediate family members

    General Information about Veteran Employment, Job Fairs and more:

    Lists of Scholarships Offered

    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New York
    Rhode Island
    West Virginia

    Scholarship for Military Spouses through Western Governors University
    Junior Achievement Scholarship/University of Phoenix

    Please check out the below links for information pertaining to student loan forgiveness, :

    Job Listings
    Assistance is provided in how to best utilize job search tools and techniques. We also provide information on district HR job sites, national job banks, and provide information from school districts on those most needed positions on the state job opportunity tabs.

    Network Building
    TTT counselors visit school districts and department of education locations to build a network of administrators who are aware of the special talent gained when TTT participants are hired. This network building also identifies which subject areas the school districts are currently seeking to hire, and pass that information onto each participant.

    Interview Preparation
    Teacher job interviews are unlike most other meetings. These interviews can be confusing and frustrating to mid-career changers, such as TTT participants. Staff members assist participants in preparing for these interviews through counseling, video, and written study guides, and seminars.

    **Please note that Troops to Teachers does NOT hire anyone or guarantee jobs!

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