Thanks partly to the poor economy, and also to the rise in programs that encourage the transition, a growing number of people are leaving their chosen professions to become teachers. And that could be good news for schools struggling to find teachers in high-need areas such as math, science, and technology.

Peter Vos ran an internet startup. Now, he teaches computer science to middle school kids in Maryland.

Jaime McLaughlin used to do people's taxes. Now, he teaches math to sixth graders in Chicago.

Alisa Salvans was a makeup artist at Saks department store. Now, she teaches high school chemistry in suburban Dallas.


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