A Marshalltown elementary school welcomed back a teacher, Thursday.
Richard Ortega had been gone for almost a year serving for the Navy Seabees in Afghanistan.
Woodbury Elementary School held a special assembly for Ortega complete with posters, kind words and gifts.
One of the gifts was a wreath made up of ribbons tied together by students.
Ortega says he’s glad to be home.
“It’s exciting, nervous, it’s my second day back here so I have a lot of catch up to do!” Ortega said.
Ortega is a second grade teacher at the school.