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June 22, 2015

Shreveport, LA – On June 17, 2015, LSU Shreveport hosted a community luncheon where Chancellor Larry Clark and faculty of the School of Education launched TeachLSUS COMMAND, a 100 percent online certificate-only program for current service members who are interested in teaching chemistry, physics, biology, math, social studies, or English in middle and high schools. The event was held on the third floor of the Noel Memorial Library at 11:30 a.m.

TeachLSUS COMMAND was developed to provide a quality, affordable, and accommodating certification program that will train military personnel to integrate core content with rich life travels and experiences to make classrooms engaging and enlightening places for middle and high school students. “We need the best and brightest to teach our best and brightest,” stressed Chancellor Clark.

The courses will be taught by LSUS faculty and curriculum specialists from several of the local parishes. The need for highly qualified secondary teachers in Northwest Louisiana is no secret, and during the luncheon, district leaders from Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, and Red River School Districts commended LSU Shreveport for developing this innovative program to produce such teachers, and extended their arms of support to the University.  “We hope that this level of access to teaching opportunities in our local school systems will be a draw to our area,” said Tracey Burrell, Director of TeachLSUS COMMAND.  

Hearing of this initiative was heartwarming for Secretary David LaCerte, of the Northwest Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs. “You have identified veteran employment as a target of opportunity, and we have a huge military imprint in our state,” LaCerte said.  Don Howard, Regional Director of the Louisiana/Arkansas Division of Troops to Teachers believes that this program has global potential in addition to a large amount of interest from local troops. “We currently have close to 100 Troops to Teachers participants serving in Northwest Louisiana schools. By working together, we can triple this number and create a win-win situation for all,” Howard added.  

For more information about the certification program or to apply, visit or call (318) 797-5100.

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