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News Release - Troops To Teachers Inducts Jones Into Hall of Fame

Nov. 17, 2010

News Release

Troops To Teachers To Induct Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones Into Inaugural Hall of Fame On Friday, Nov. 19

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Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones will be inducted into the Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame at an event at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, in the lobby at the Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.

The commissioner was selected as the first inductee into the Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame based on his long-standing relationship with the Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers office.

Commissioner Jones worked closely with Troops to Teachers as superintendent of Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 where he established a partnership with TTT to recruit former military members to teach in the district. Throughout his career, the commissioner has continued to promote the mission of Troops to Teachers with the goal to recruit military members with tremendous leadership skills to serve as role models and teachers within our nation’s public schools.

Event Agenda (Color Guard provided by East High School, Denver Public Schools):

  • 10 a.m.
    Welcome – Jami Goetz, Executive Director, CDE Professional Services and Licensing Office
  • 10:05 a.m.
    Colonel Bob Null, U.S. Air Force; School Board Director, Colorado Springs School District 11
  • 10:10 a.m.
    General John Barry – U.S. Air Force; Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools
  • 10:15 a.m.
    Sergeant Major John Ladik, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Carson
  • 10:20 a.m.
    Award Presentation – Colonel Joe Morgan, U.S. Army; Regional Director, Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers
  • 10:30 a.m.
    Acceptance Remarks – Commissioner Dwight D. Jones
  • 10:40 a.m.
    Closing Remarks – Jami Goetz

“I am very proud to congratulate Commissioner Jones on his induction into the Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame,” said Colorado State Board of Education Member Peggy Littleton from the 5th Congressional District. “With Commissioner Jones having lived in the Pikes Peak region, and where I still reside, we understand and witness the talent pool that exists in our military community and strive to make the gateway to teaching as uncomplicated and streamlined as possible.”

Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame

The Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame was created to honor members of the educational community who have made significant contributions to assist veterans as they transition to the teaching profession. This year is the inaugural year for the award. It is the intent of Troops to Teachers to induct one professional from the education community into the Hall of Fame each year. Nominations for the award are accepted from Troops to Teachers state and regional directors. Nominees are considered based on the level of the support they exhibit, through their professional activities, for military members to enter the teaching profession.

About Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers assists current and former military members’ transition to careers as public school teachers. The program provides veterans with information on the teacher licensure process, test preparation and job-placement assistance. Eligible participants may also receive up to $10,000 in financial support to teach in a low income school for three years.

Troops to Teachers began in 1994 as a Department of Defense program. Under the No Child Left Behind Act the program was transferred to the Department of Education, but continues to operate under the Department of Defense and be administered by the Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) in Pensacola, Fla.

For more information on the Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers, visit

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