posted on February 12, 2014 11:38
Troops to Teachers has recognized Rita Raphael, (U.S. Army, retired) a career and technology teacher at Hampton High School, for her leadership and success with the Troops to Teachers program. She is one of only 58 teachers recognized across the nation. Troops to Teachers is a U.S. 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.
Raphael, who teaches a parenting class, a relationships class, and nutritional awareness, spent 21 years in the military. “I was an instructor in the military and I like to teach,” she said. “I love kids, so this is perfect. Troops to Teachers helped me find the program I needed. They connected me to Old Dominion University for a career switching program.”
In a letter of support, Principal Dr. Sharmaine Grove describes Raphael’s loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
“We have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Raphael for a year and a half and have been highly impressed with her teaching, her ethic of care and concern for students, and her willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure students’ needs are met while teaching them important life skills, career skills and interpersonal skills so they may be successful in life,” she wrote. Read more from Hampton City Schools at http://www.hampton.k12.va.us/news/troopsteacher.html#.UvuhoLSKy4g