H-D-CAL math teacher White begins new career after 28 years in accounting

Michael White began his career as a math teacher at Hampton- Dumont-CAL High School this year after 28 years as an accountant. GREG FORBES/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

New Hampton-Dumont-CAL High School math teacher Michael White took a round about route to his first year as a teacher.

For nearly 30 years, White maintained a career as an accountant, most recently working for a hospital in Iowa Falls. But this year, White began a new career in education.

“I had been substitute teaching and driving bus for four years,” he said. “When I went to school, I originally thought about teaching. My dad was a teacher, my wife’s a teacher…so education is in my background and I thought I would enjoy it.”

White is in the process of obtaining a license through the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure, a collaborative program between the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University that allows individuals the opportunity to earn teaching licenses. White is currently in the intern license phase of the program while taking additional courses. He will undergo observations by both RAPIL representatives and H-D-CAL Principal Steve Madsen. White said he expects to complete the program and receive full licensing in April.

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