Students honor departing teacher John Chewens

Fifth grade teachers

On Friday, March 9, Liberty Middle School fifth-grade teacher John Chewens received a surprise pre-deployment farewell celebration from his students and colleagues.

Mr. Chewens, a Lieutenant in the Army, will soon deploy to the Middle East what he’s anticipating will be a 14-month tour.

Fifth-grade students, teachers and guidance staff threw Mr. Chewens a surprise send-off which included a surprise visit from his parents.

Surrounded by his parents, colleagues, friends and students, Mr. Chewens was presented with an Army Build-A-Bear that will keep him company on his travels .

Close up of army themed stuffed bear that students purchased for teacher John Chewens. Chewens is deploying to the middle east this month.