What is TTT?
Established in 1993, 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. The Department of Defense program facilitates veterans’ successful transition to a teaching career by providing counseling, financial and placement assistance for eligible Service members and Veterans. 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. Hawai'i launched its program in 2018.
Program flyer: Hawai‘i Troops to Teachers
"As we continue to seek ways to improve the quality of education in our country, we should encourage programs like Troops to Teachers to incite returning service men and women from Iraq and Afghanistan to go into the classroom. Our veterans make excellent candidates to impart the virtues of service to the next generation and instill the value of learning as a means to self-improvement." — the late U.S. Senator and veteran John McCain
Assist transitioning service members with meeting the requirements necessary to become a teacher and to assist with finding employment as a teacher or school administrator.
All current members of the United States Armed Forces and former members who have retired or separated with an honorable discharge are eligible to apply for Troops to Teachers assistance. For participants that meet application, service and education requirements, financial assistance may be available. Troops to Teachers services include:
- Individualized counseling and transition planning
- Navigating state teacher certification and licensing requirements
- Up to a $5,000 stipend or $10,000 bonus
- Connecting participants with hiring officials
- Ongoing support and mentorship
Reasons to serve again:
- Make a difference in young people's lives
- Use real-world experience to bring subjects to life
- Help students realize their potential
- Help the local community.
Two former service members and veterans, Gabe Hechler and Raymond LaFleur, share their journey to become teachers. Both are M.Ed. candidates at the University of Hawaii-Manoa's College of Education:
Greatest needs in Hawai‘i
- O‘ahu: Wai‘anae and Nānākuli
- Maui County: Hanā, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i
- Hawai‘i Island: Ka‘u, Kea‘au, Pahoa
Subject Areas / Expertise / Levels
- Special Education PK-12
- Secondary English
- Secondary Math
- Secondary Science
- Foreign Languages
- HIDOE press release [VIEW]
- July 2018 Education Update [VIEW]