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Join the Connecticut Troops to Teachers program to translate your skills as a veteran to a career in education.

What is Connecticut Troops to Teachers?

Teacher and Veteran Sal Escobales talking with a Veteran

Connecticut Troops to Teachers is a program for all service members and veterans to receive counseling, financial and placement assistance in transitioning their leadership, core values and acquired skills to a career in teaching.

Supported by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Talent Office and the national Troops to Teachers program, facilitated by the U.S. Department of Defense, Troops to Teachers has helped more than 21,000 veterans successfully transition to a career in education.

This program helps reduce veteran unemployment while also providing students with exceptional role models in the classroom.

Who's eligible? All current members of the United States Armed Forces and former members who have retired or separated with honorable discharge.

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Where can I learn more?

Our mission is to help you discover if a career in teaching is right for you.

These Veterans Chose to Teach

Find out how military veterans extend their service in Connecticut classrooms.
  • Melissa Michaud-Maltese

    Melissa Michaud-Maltese

    Navy vet Melissa Michaud-Maltese uses the life-saving skills from four deployments to keep students onboard during a global pandemic.

    Her Story
  • Teacher Sal Escobales

    Sal Escobales

    Military veteran Sal Escobales considers teaching to be one of the most meaningful experiences of his life.

    His Story
  • Teacher Renita Casey

    Renita Casey

    Renita Casey served in the National Guard for 21 years. This is the story of how her military service gave her the skills and confidence to become a great educator. 

    Her Story
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“The discipline, intelligence and courage it takes to succeed in military service make our veterans uniquely prepared to excel in the classroom. I look forward to visiting classrooms in the near future to see these new teachers in action.”

— U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

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