Sam Bowersox-Daly spent years working in the private sector before realizing that his true passion lied within teaching kids.
"I think for me education has been something I've always been passionate about," Bowersox-Daly, said.
His father was a teacher. He had other family members work as teachers. And, now, he is a part of the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program learning the trade under a veteran teacher for a year while earning his Master's Degree in Education.
"My mentor teacher is phenomenal," Bowersox-Daly said. "I think that so much of the teacher that I'm going to be and have become is because of her."
Belle Faust is the executive director of the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program. She says with Baby Boomers retiring, there is an overall decline in college students going into education.
"It's creating this shortage of teachers," Faust said. "And, we don't have much of a pipeline."
Faust hopes that the Boettcher program can help create a bigger pipeline by reaching out to professionals in other fields like Bowersox-Daly.
"It's to retain teachers in the profession. It's to elevate the profession to really move the teaching profession forward," Faust said.
She believes that when teacher candidates can learn from experienced mentors, it can make a big impact in the classroom.
"They both learn through the process and they're able to really understand how to meet individual students' needs," Faust said.
If you want to find out more about the program, you can click here: http://www.boettcherteachers.org/. The program is accepting applications through May 3 for the 2016-17 school year.
"It's such an exciting field to be getting into where I am bringing the experience I have from past professions," Bowersox-Daly said.