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The Military Veteran Teacher Certification Pathway, which is now open, will help expand the pool of potential teachers for the Lee County School District.

“It opens up that avenue to attract more teachers into the classroom who haven’t yet met the requirements, but are working to get them.” It gets them in earlier.” said Suzette Rivera, assistant recruiting director.

The school district has a number of veterans already employed and teaching students. State-level teachers’ troops have contacted the district because of the high number of veterans who are employed, she said, adding that next month they will be interviewing those veterans and staff. of the district.

On July 1, Florida began issuing a five-year temporary certificate to military veterans who have met certain eligibility requirements but have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree.

These eligibility requirements include a minimum of 48 months of active duty military service with honorable/medical discharge; minimum of 60 university credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5; a passing score on a Florida specialty exam for bachelor’s level subjects, demonstrating proficiency in knowledge and employment in a Florida school field, including charter schools.

Rivera said it was normally a three-year temporary certificate. The Military Veteran Teacher Certification Pathway offers an additional two years.

The areas most in need of teachers in the district include math, science, English or language arts, and special education. To teach in any of these subjects, the subject exam must be taken and passed, she said.

All teachers who are hired into the school district align with one of their human resource staff to ensure they have all the requirements they need and are on track to meet their milestones. . They also benefit from professional development and are assigned a mentor.

A mentor, someone who will work with the veteran individually, will stay with them for the first year and is usually someone in the same building, grade level, or content area.

The district offers Zoom hours with a member of the recruiting team for veterans who have questions or need help with the application process, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The link is at leeschools.net/careers/veterans_certification.

“It’s not by appointment. You can log in and get started,” said Rivera.

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