Principal receives Patriot Award from Department of Defense

December 06, 2018 09:36 AM

A west metro school principal is being honored for her commitment to work with and support teachers who are also military service members.

The Department of Defense presented Principal Miranda Morton with the Patriot Award at Agamim Classical Academy Wednesday.


She was nominated by Staff Sgt. Rich Wachholz, a teacher who has served in the Army for the past 20 years.

“My boss is very understanding of my situation and I would guess if I was deployed and was gone for a year, she would still have a job waiting for me because it's such an emphasis of this school of patriotism and honoring soldiers, so I wanted to try to give something back since they did a lot for me,” said Wachholz.

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Students and staff filled the gym for the presentation as they recognized Morton.

“It is an incredible surprise and honor. We were not expecting this. I think I am really proud as a public school educator to be recognized for patriotism and incredibly proud to have Mr. Wachholz, Sgt. Wachholz, be a teacher in our school. We really do believe as a public school that it is our duty to educate and to have a hero…a true hero to do that with us,” said Morton.

Wachholz will be sent away for training on June 1 and will miss the last week of school. He says that’s just one more example of why his boss is so understanding.

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