Hey folks, I will try to keep this as brief as possible. I am a (male) police sergeant with 23 years of service in northwest Florida. In two years I will be eligible for retirement, but I will be only 53. I am considering an encore career in teaching. I've always loved being a teacher/trainer for my agency, and I'm really wanting to make a difference in the lives of kids (as opposed to just arresting some). I have been researching alternative certification programs (teacherready) and substitute teaching as a way of getting some experience. I have a BA in Criminal Justice and I'm leaning toward grades 4-5 if possible. Does anyone have any experience dealing with graduates of an alternative program? Do you think that those types of programs produce a quality teacher, or would you prefer to work with a teacher who came up "through the ranks" as a sub? I have a million other questions, but this will be my start. I look forward to learning from y'all!