The School District of Lee County will host two free webinars on changing careers to teaching on Thursday, April 23.

The District is looking to connect with professionals in a wide variety of industries looking for a career change, and who may be interested in translating their skills and experience to teaching at the elementary, middle or high school level.

Florida is one of 48 states to offer alternative routes to becoming a certified teacher. Individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree can become eligible for Florida teacher certification one of several ways, including passing a subject area exam in their area of expertise. In most cases, the district requires an applicant to be eligible for certification before entering into an instructional position, but does not have to hold a certificate.

Individuals without a bachelor’s degree can still be in the classroom as a Paraprofessional or guest teacher.

Webinars will be held at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23. To register for a webinar visit https://www.leeschools.net/careers/how_to_become_a_teacher.

The School District of Lee County’s efforts to put “The Right Talent in the Right Place” means that new teachers will receive the support and necessary resources that will enable them to succeed upon entering the field of education. The District offers a competitive and comprehensive compensation plan for its employees, and the starting compensation package of over $53,000 for teachers encompasses salary, medical coverage and life insurance, pension and investment plan contributions, and social security and Medicare employer contributions. Additional benefits and earning opportunities are also available via advanced degree supplement, summer school, athletic coaching and more. Upon hire, a personal benefits selection process will be made available to eligible employees.

To register for the webinar and more information on and available career opportunities, visit https://www.leeschools.net/careers/how_to_become_a_teacher or call 239-337-8147.

About The School District of Lee County: Lee County Public Schools is the ninth-largest district in Florida and the 32nd-largest district in the United States. The District educates more than 94,000 students in grades K-12 and is a model for others in the state and around the nation. With approximately 12,000 full- and part-time employees, the District is one of the county’s largest employers.