Career-Changers Answer the Call of the Classroom

Career-Changers Answer the Call of the Classroom

Author
Libby Quaid

Plenty of people dream of leaving their jobs to become teachers. Today, more people are doing it. Peter Vos ran an Internet startup. Now he teaches computer science to middle-schoolers in Maryland. Jaime McLaughlin used to do people's taxes. Now he teaches math to sixth-graders in Chicago. Alisa Salvans was a makeup artist at Saks department store. Now she teaches high-school chemistry in suburban Dallas.

These teachers, with real-life experience and often with deep knowledge of their subjects, are answering a call to service that is part of a strategy to boost the size and quality of the teaching work force. Career-switchers make up about one-third of the ranks of new teachers, and that number has jumped in the past decade.

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