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Tony Thurmond, California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, describes the need for teachers and encourages you to become a teacher.

Make the Switch: Christopher Shining

The California Department of Education’s Make the Switch: Become a Teacher campaign, profiles professionals who have left non-education careers to become teachers. Christopher Shining, a teacher at William Howard Taft Charter High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District used to work in the sailing industry and also coached sailing and ski teams. He entered the teaching profession over four years ago.

Make the Switch: Chef Raean Gaddoni

Chef Raean Gaddoni is a professional chef that worked in the catering and events industry and as a part-time culinary instructor at the college level before joining Argonaut High School in the Amador Unified School District in 2012 as the culinary arts instructor and Career Technical Education Department Chair.

Make the Switch: Melissa May

Melissa May is a veteran television journalist who is now a broadcast media Career Technical Education Teacher at Inderkum High School in the Natomas Unified School District.

Explore Teacher Residency Programs

Want to know more about Teacher Residency Programs in California? Watch this video from the California Center on Teaching Careers and then chart your path to a teaching credential at www.teachcalifornia.org/Plan.

What to Do With Your Life? Teach!

Check out this video from the California Center on Teaching Careers, which outlines some key benefits to becoming a teacher in California.

Consider Teaching (PSA)

This PSA from the California Center on Teaching Careers quickly explains the benefits of becoming a teacher and how to get started.