We need more second career teachers. They bring high content knowledge and valuable real-world experiences to the classroom. That is my perspective as a second career teacher.
We need programs that do a better job of recruiting them yes, but more than that we need professional development programs focused on the specific challenges of new second career teachers. The "one size" teacher prep or teacher mentor program is not the right fit for these teachers. Programs focused on how to turn industry knowledge into lesson plans is not a class I have located as of yet. Nor was there a class on classroom management for industry executives becoming teachers when I entered the profession, but I needed one.
I succeeded because I had a wife who had taught for 20 years that I could turn to for advice and guidance. That is not a PD plan we can roll out to all second career teachers. We need an alternative.