Hawaii Turns to Military for Teachers

When Renee Dufault was preparing to leave the military in 2007 after more than 30 years of active duty, she knew exactly what she wanted to do next.

β€œI already knew I wanted to teach,” said the Big Island resident.

Through a federal program that helps people leaving the service find classroom positions, she got connected from her post in Maryland with a Hawaii Department of Education recruiter. Their telephone conversation would determine her career trajectory for the next decade and beyond.

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