Brian Riordan: Model Marine becomes model teacher with TTT’s help

Autobiography from former South Carolina Troops to Teachers representative counselor

TTT_webBrian Riordan is a current Marine Corps Reservist as well as fourth grade teacher at Wellford Academy of Science and Technology, located in Wellford, S.C., Spartanburg District 5.

“I had always wanted to be a teacher, but my road to the classroom was long and winding. Despite completing a teacher preparation program and earning a Master’s of Science in Education at St. Bonaventure University, I joined the USMC and became an infantry officer in 1997. During almost ten years of active duty service, complete with several overseas deployments, I learned valuable lessons in leadership that would eventually transfer into my classroom. When I left active duty in 2006, and entered the business world, I quickly realized that I missed the sense of purpose that accompanied my military service.”

“It was then that I was drawn back to the military through the USMC Reserves, and returned to teaching through the Troops to Teachers program. With the support of the Troops to Teachers staff, I was able to update my teaching credentials and obtain a South Carolina state certification. I have been teaching for six years and truly enjoy every day. Teaching, like serving in the military, is all about people. My job is to make education fun and worthwhile for nine- and ten-year-olds. It is my mission to help my students understand that they can make choices in their lives, and the better their education, the better the choices they get to make. For me, serving America’s youth is more than a job, it’s a passion.”

Brian Riordan joined the Southeast Region Troops to Teachers staff while simultaneously teaching and working in the Reserves. He served as a local contact for Troops interested in Troops to Teachers in South Carolina, where he provided a valuable outreach to currently serving military, separated, or retired military service members.

Riordan has recently been deployed and everyone at Troops to Teachers wishes him a safe and speedy return. Thank you for your Service in and out of the classroom.

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