WELCOME PARTY: Navy Seabee Teacher Returns

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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.