Lee County schools reach out to veterans amid teacher shortage

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Lee County School District (CREDIT: WINK News)

The School District of Lee County is encouraging veterans to become teachers through the state’s Military Veterans Certification Pathway amid a severe teacher shortage.

Starting July 1, Florida began issuing five-year temporary certificates for military veterans who have not yet earned their bachelor’s degrees and meet the following eligibility:

  • Minimum of 48 months of active duty military service with honorable/medical discharge
  • Minimum of 60 college credits with a 2.5 grade point average
  • Passing score on a Florida subject area examination for bachelor’s level subjects which demonstrates mastery of subject area knowledge
  • Employment in a Florida school district, including charter schools

“Our team is excited to connect with Veterans on pathways to teaching,” said assistant director for recruitment Suzette Rivera in a press release. “The need for teachers is greater than ever and we feel fortunate to have an opportunity where we can bring Veterans in our classrooms to positively impact students’ lives.”

Veterans who want to become teachers can also learn more and start the application process on the Florida Department of Education’s website.

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