"Ater a career spent serving their country on the battlefield, some veterans return home to serve in a different way: as teachers, training the young minds of America's future leaders and thinkers.
The skills and experiences veterans acquire during their service are incredibly useful within the classroom. Leadership, flexibility, adaptability, an understanding and appreciation of diversity -- all help new teachers excel in their work. At a time when many schools are unable to find qualified educators, veterans are stepping up to fill in the gaps.
"Our experience as leaders also makes us good teachers and, I think, good role models for young men and women," says Lt. Col. Joseph Gross. He teaches world history and geography at Southside High School near San Antonio, Texas, and he says that, while all teachers aim to "reach out to students and prepare them for either college or the job market," he sees an advantage in his military experience.
"I think having a military background engages the students and often just finding some way of ensuring their interest is the most important element of teaching," he says. "In my case, my various jobs and positions in the military required that I travel most of Europe and Asia [to] places most people would never see. It really helps to engage the class when you are teaching about ancient Rome and you can show photos of yourself on location.""