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'Teaching Interns' Help Lacking Schools

December 08, 2011

Three months ago, at age 54, Jeffery O'Keefe embarked on the career of his dreams. Not running a multinational corporation or coaching a professional sports team -- although he does toss around a football fairly often throughout the day while teaching and coaching at Apache Junction High School. O'Keefe teaches math, science and life skills to kids with severe learning disabilities and spends most afternoons working as an assistant coach for the school's freshman football team. "I love it," said O'Keefe, who left a stressful career in public administration before making the career switch. "People complain about their lives. I say 'Change it.' You can reinvent yourself at any point in your life if you have the will and the energy." A key part of O'Keefe's new life is a relatively new type of teaching certificate granted by the Arizona Department of Education to people who already have college degrees and want to become public-school teachers but don't want to go back to college for another four years. To read more, click here

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