posted on January 07, 2014 14:57
What did your teachers do before they were teachers? Maybe they flew Black Hawk helicopters. Or they could have served on submarines. Or maybe they trained soldiers to use Stinger missiles to shoot down enemy jets and helicopters.
More than 15,000 people who served in the military have become teachers. They are part of a military program called Troops to Teachers that helps turn veterans into teachers. The idea is that they already know how to lead. They also learned other things in the military that could be used in a classroom. Most teach in schools where there is a big need for teachers. “A lot of times kids want to test me because I was in the military," said Anthony Kajencki. He is a former army air defense officer who teaches in Durham, N.C. “Look at this guy. Let’s see how tough he is. Let’s see if I can push him.”
Read more from Newsela http://www.newsela.com/articles/teachers-troops/id/508/