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 Oceanside Unified Teacher Named California Troops to Teachers Middle School Teacher of the Year

​A Special Education teacher at Cesar Chavez Middle School in the Oceanside Unified School District and is also a retired Chief Petty Officer for the United States Navy, has recently been named the 2008 California Troops to Teachers (TTT) Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Mark Story, who teaches students in grades 6-8 is such a remarkable teacher that he was chosen out of hundreds of middle school teachers to be named Middle School Teacher of the Year. “I am very humbled and surprised to have received this award,” said Story. “I believe that this award is not a personal reflection of my own efforts but more of a team effort.”

The TTT program is designed to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve low-income families throughout America. TTT helps to relieve teacher shortages, especially in the core subject areas of math, science, special education and other high-needs subject areas, and assists military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching.

“The Troops to Teachers program is great in that it gives veterans a chance to start a new career which is often times empowering not only to them but their students,” says Chris Reising, Director Teacher Recruitment and Support Center.

All candidates are veterans currently teaching in a California public school and were nominated by their principal or a peer. The winners were selected from elementary, middle school, high school and vocational education and Junior ROTC areas. The winners were announced last month at a ceremony held at USD, keynoted by Nick Hardwick, All Pro Center for the Chargers.

Story was recently recognized at the County Board of Education meeting for his exceptional dedication to his students and his profession.

“Often times as teachers our students teach us how to teach them,” said Story. When asked what is the most challenging part of his job Story responded, “Getting people to recognize how completely normal special education students are.”

“It’s wonderful that veterans are able to fill some of our most challenging teaching positions in Mathematics and Special Education,” said Reising.

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