OKEECHOBEE-The Okeechobee County School Board is looking to hire veterans to fill teaching vacancies in its schools.
This is in response to the recent announcement by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis of a new teacher certification pathway that will allow military veterans to become teachers without holding a bachelor’s degree.
Military veterans are now able to obtain a temporary teaching certificate that is good for five years. To qualify, an individual must have at least 48 months of military service with an honorable/medical discharge, have earned 60 college credits, and a passing score on the Florida subject area exam for the course they want to teach. Under this program, teachers will be assigned a classroom mentor for at least two years. They must also earn their bachelor’s degree within the five years their teaching certificate is valid.
Employees of the Okeechobee County School Board enjoy pay rates that are among the best in the region, as well as a wide array of additional benefits, including health insurance at no cost to them.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to employ our nation’s veterans as teachers,” said Superintendent Ken Kenworthy. “We know that these individuals will inspire students every day and help us reach our district’s vision of Achieving Excellence.”
Anyone who is interested in teaching and believes they may qualify for this program should contact the Okeechobee County School Board’s Human Resources Department at (863) 462-5000, Extension 1028. Information about all the positions available in the school district can be found at www.okeecareers.com.