Fort Carson's Troops to Teachers, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and Teach For America Host Events to Bring Veterans Into the Classroom

The Three Organizations Will Partner This Veteran’s Week to Host Events that Highlight Pathways for Military Veterans to Enter the Classroom

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Colorado Springs, Colo., November 9, 2015—On Thursday, November 12, Fort Carson’s Troops to Teachers, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and Teach For America will join together to host two events that highlight different pathways military veterans can take to enter the classroom.

The day’s events will include a lunch and learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a panel with representatives and current teachers from Fort Carson’s Troops to Teachers and Teach For America, and an information and networking event from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Colorado  Colorado Springs.  

“This partnership with Troops to Teachers and Teach For America presents multiple avenues for student veterans to move into teaching careers,” said Phillip Morris, director of veteran services. “We are so excited to have these wonderful organizations on our campus to share their success stories. The selfless service mentality and leadership skills developed in the military make veterans ideal for the classroom. The fact that these organizations exist to support veterans is just excellent, and we want our students to take full advantage of these opportunities.”

Both events support the organizations’ shared mission of harnessing the power of military veterans, military professionals transitioning out of active service, armed forces reservists and national guard personnel, and spouses of military professionals to work in our nation’s highest-need schools. All three organizations believe that students greatly benefit from military veterans’ wealth of experience, strong leadership, and desire to serve their country.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we initiate a close working relationship with Teach For America and in the Mountain Pacific Region of Troops to Teachers,” said Joe Morgan, regional director of Troops to Teachers. “These two events are only the beginning of a collaborative campaign to recruit our nation’s heroes to serve again as teachers and role models in public schools. Our military veterans are proven to be effective educators. These seasoned leaders bring maturity and life experiences to the classroom. The military is also a wonderful source of male and minority teachers who can help diversify the teaching force.”

Teach For America launched the “You Served For America, Now Teach For America” initiative in 2012 to bring more veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces into the fight against educational inequity. As Teach For America marks its first quarter-century, more than 75 corps members currently leading classrooms across the country are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces or spouses of active or veteran members of the military.

“We believe deeply that veterans are invaluable to our classrooms, and they possess the experience and leadership skills to become teachers who can put their students on new life trajectories,” said Kelley Pomis, deputy executive director of Teach For AmericaColorado. “We hope that these events will inspire more veterans to enter the classroom and help ensure that all children receive an excellent education.”

About Troops to Teachers
Troops to Teachers (TTT) assists eligible military personnel transition to new careers as public school teachers. A network of state offices has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding teacher certification requirements, routes to certification, and job placement. The primary objective of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve low-income families throughout America. TTT helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high-need subject areas, and assists military personnel in making successful transitions to teaching careers. Up to $10,000 in financial assistance is available to eligible TTT participants.

About University of Colorado Colorado Springs
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 39 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,300 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.  Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Teach For America’s Veterans Initiative
In 2012, Teach For America launched Teach For America’s Military Veterans Outreach and Support Initiative to help bring more veterans and spouses of the U.S. Armed Forces into the fight against educational inequity. This initiative aims to put the power of military veterans, military professionals transitioning out of active service, armed forces reservists and national guard personnel, and spouses of military professionals to work in our nation’s highest-need schools. We believe that the students who attend these schools will benefit greatly from veterans’ depth of experience, strength in leadership, and desire to continue to serve their country.

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Contact

Sharise Darby
917-391-6075
Teach For America
Tom Hutton
719-255-3439
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Meaghan Stidd
719-526-6547
Troops to Teachers