California Educator

February 2015

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H A T D O A G O V E R N M E N T S P Y, an NFL champion, a book- store manager, an actor and a minister have in common? All of them have embraced sec- ond careers as teachers and love being in the classroom. Teaching is a natural choice for many who switch jobs because it offers an opportunity to give back to society, become a positive role model and share a wealth of knowl- edge and experience with others. Switching to a teaching career may become even more common in the future, as the need for new educa- tors rises. Meet some CTA members who made the "big switcheroo." They started on one career path, only to have a change of heart and find themselves on another path leading right to the schoolhouse door. W Feature D O N ' T A S K B E T S Y P A T R I D G E if she was a spy. She'll smile and tell you that the proper terminology is "cryptologic linguist" and suggest you look it up. So we did. According to the U.S. Army, "A cryp- tologic linguist is primarily responsible for identifying foreign communications using signals equipment. Their role is Second-career teachers bring experience to the classroom By Sherry Posnick-Goodwin and Dina Martin From 'top secret' to public school teacher P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y S C O T T B U S C H M A N 18

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