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Career Switcher Program:Testimonials

Career Switcher's Latest Teacher of the Year:

Accolades & Awards

Joel Silva with Award

Congratulations to Mr. Joel Silva (spring 2017 cohort) for earning Dozier Middle School's "Call To Action" Award. Joel received this award for Quality Instruction, Student Engagement, and Building Positive Relationships.

We are proud of you, Joel! Keep doing great things.

Joel Silva

Call To Action Award

Dozier Middle School

Patricia Fitz Kerr

Nominated for Beginning Teacher of the Year Award

Ettrick Elementary School, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Windley Hofler Walden

Rookie Teacher of the Year Award

Nansemond River High School

Jim Duke

Rookie Teacher of the Year Award

Kings Fork Middle School (8th Grade Physical Science)

Teri Sheffield

Rookie Teacher of the Year Award

Lakeland High School

Comments from Graduates

"This program has helped me realize a life-long goal. I have been able to go into a classroom and teach with confidence and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I am giving back to my community what was given to me."

- Donna Draeger, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

"I wanted to take a minute to thank you. My personal experience with Career Switchers has been fantastic. I'm very happy with my decision to teach and couldn't be happier with the preparation I received from the program.Thank you again for all you do."

- Mary Gatens

Thank you all for your support and assistance during the last few months and I am sure in months to come! You guys are awesome and represent a terrific life changing program. Bless you all! Have a great summer!

- G. Sparrow, Spring 2016 Cohort

"The partnerships that I have established with children I teach and with colleagues in my school have taught me that the Career Switcher Program really identified the skills in teaching that would make me a master teacher and I am continuing to work toward that goal."

- Donna Keene, Suffolk City Public Schools

"If you guys need anyone to come to the seminars to talk with prospective Career Switchers, I will be glad to help "sell" the ODU program.It worked out perfectly for me and I'm happy to tell anyone who asks that you guys did a great job for me."

- Robert Howell

"We very much appreciate our collaboration and partnership with you and your program. Your students were amazing!"

- Dean Brooks, Recruitment Administrator Fairfax County Public Schools

"For me this program was a Godsend...I had wanted for years to transition into teaching but with two small children, a working wife, and the significant licensure requirements, it just wasn't feasible. This program gave me the skills needed and enabled me to find the place where I belong...in a learning environment."

- Derrick Watkins, Norfolk City Public Schools

"I got a wonderful job and I love my school. Thank you for the Career Switcher program."

- Laura Apelt

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