From the Marine Corps to the Classroom

  • by:
  • Source: EdSurger
  • 08/30/2023
Annie Talley Ochoa has long known that she was meant to teach. But as years and then decades passed, her plans to enter the classroom were repeatedly sidetracked and eventually stalled.

At age 44, that’s about to change. Talley Ochoa is on track to earn her teaching credential next August, when she finishes her master’s degree in education. Already, though, her first year as a teacher is underway.

Talley Ochoa is enrolled in TeachStart, a teacher preparation program that allows aspiring educators to work full-time and earn a full salary — first as substitute teachers and eventually as lead teachers — while earning their credential. Last year, Talley Ochoa taught as a long-term sub in a public school in San Jose, California. This year, she’s teaching U.S. history at a high school in East Palo Alto while she wraps up her coursework.

Please help put parents in charge of their child’s education by forwarding this article to other parents, family, friends and voters.

Other Articles

Is 4 too young to start school? California says no with 't-K' program
It’s the beginning of a new school year, and, in neighboring California, some big school districts are trying to lure a new demographic to their campuses: 4-year-olds.
Read More
Our public schools are a national disaster
Perhaps what’s most distressing about the latest collapse in high school test scores is that no one seems to be very distressed.
Read More
Survey: Teachers Work More Hours Per Week Than Other Working Adults
Higher pay is crucial, but working conditions and well-being must also be addressed to attract and retain educators.
Read More
Children First: Help Wanted in the Classroom
California has a teacher shortage, but the education pipeline is flowing with fresh ideas.
Read More
LGBTQ+ students in conservative crosshairs
Seven California school districts pass policies requiring staff tell parents if students are transgender
Read More
Flashcards help children learn multiplication tables, research suggests
Children often struggle to memorize multiplication facts, as Hechinger reported, but research suggests it may be worth the effort.
Read More
Examining the impact of California's ban on affirmative action in public schools
California banned affirmative action in public schools in 1996. NPR's A Martinez talks to Zachary Bleemer, incoming assistant professor of economics at Princeton University, about the ban's impact.
Read More

Get latest news delivered daily!

We will send you breaking news right to your inbox

© 2024, Privacy Policy | FPPC #1460602