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Glenn Jenkins’ Story: The Career Changer
Glenn’s career-changing pathway to education
How did you get certified as a teacher?
I went back to school age 40 at Heritage University’s Bachelor’s degree in Education program.
How did you pay for school?
I continued working full-time as a telecom engineer while in school. It wasn’t easy juggling work, a full load of classes, and parenting, but I knew teaching would be a rewarding career, so I kept at it and completed my second Bachelor’s in years.
How did you like your program?
I loved it, especially the educational framework built around social justice.
Do you have any endorsements?
Yes: an English Language Learner endorsement, which I recommend for all teachers — even if you’re not multilingual (like me!). An ELL endorsement helps teachers reach all students better, no matter what language you and they speak.
Are you a career changer interested in teaching?
- Visit TeachWA.org to explore numerous teacher preparation pathways and programs.
- Learn about options specifically tailored to career changers.
- Some programs are specific to military veterans, like the Washington State Troops to Teachers Program.
- Questions? Go to our Becoming an Educator tool to connect with an Educator Pathway Navigator who can respond to questions specific to your situation.
Learn how Glenn Jenkins made the switch from telecommunications engineer to teacher in his early 40s, when he and his wife were about to have their first child.
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