LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Several Clark County School teachers, who also happen to be veterans, were honored Friday for their service in the U.S. Armed Forces. During an end of school assembly, flag-waving students and staff held a very special tribute for seven teachers from Legacy Traditional School.
One of the teachers even received a medal for what she did abroad.
Tiffany Aab is a fourth-grade teacher at Legacy Traditional School.
In front of dozens of students, Aab and others were praised for their service.
“I’ve been out of the Navy for about 16 years. This is the first time an employer has recognized me for my service and contribution in the military,” Aab said.
Aab served in the Navy for nine years. She received a Navy commendation medal for her acts of heroism because while she was off duty, she rescued two boys who were swept out to sea in Guam.
Now, she’s spending the rest of her career-life helping other children.
“It filled that community service that I was missing from not being in the military anymore,” Aab said.
Nine-year-old Sophia Terhardt is one of her students.
“Memorial Day is a special day where we get to honor the veterans that have died,” Sophia said.
According to Sophia, Aab is her favorite teacher.
“Her whole class is covered in USA colors,” Sophia said as she giggled.
“Our colors being red, white and blue, I continue that in my classroom. It makes me feel like I have a connection between my past and my future.,” Aab said.
“I’ve experienced where I was the last person to see five people alive and when you go through something like that you have to be thankful for every day that you’re here, and it’s almost to the point where you need to make them proud,” Aab said. “And you need to do your best because they’re not able to anymore.”
The other six veterans served a total of 45 years in the Marines, Air Force, Army, and Navy.