Troops to Teachers
Stillman is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Alabama State Department of Education to recruit military veterans for second careers as public school teachers.
Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a military career transition program that helps eligible members of the armed forces begin new careers as K-12 public school teachers. Skills acquired in the military–like leadership, initiative, discipline, integrity, and the ability to thrive in an ever-changing environment–are a natural fit for the classroom.
The program provides:
- Counseling and Referral Assistance: guidance on state teacher certification and education requirements leading to employment opportunities
- Financial Assistance: if eligible, a bonus of up to $10,000 to teach in hard-to-staff schools
About the Program
Since 1994, Troops to Teachers participants have been serving as role models for youth
and strengthening our nation’s schools. Troops to Teachers has helped more than 17,000 military veterans successfully transition to a career in education.
All current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces may apply to participate in the program. Those who meet certain education, military service and application requirements may be eligible for TTT financial assistance of up to $10,000 to support their transition to the classroom. For financial assistance, members of the armed services must apply for the program within 3 years of their active duty or reserve retirement date. Members currently serving in the reserves that were previously active duty, must apply for the program within 3 years after their active duty separation date.
Impact on Public Education
- School administrators overwhelmingly report that veterans have a positive impact on student achievement and are more effective in instructional and classroom management
practices than traditionally prepared teachers with similar years of teaching experience.
- Troops to Teachers participants teach in high-need schools, teach high-demand critical
subjects and plan to remain in teaching as a long-term career.
- Veterans increase diversity among teaching staff, which can help reduce the troubling
diversity gap between teachers and students. Veterans who become teachers are 82% male and 43% minority.
Executive Director, Military and Veterans Programs