Winston-Salem, NC - Rhonda Nagel is honoring her late husband by going back to school. She is keeping his military mission and legacy alive.
Nagel was already substituting at Parkland High School teaching math, science and other courses and has now added another class. She is the J.R.O.T.C. instructor at Parkland High School, the class her late husband taught.
Nagel's husband, Mathew Nagel, died on April 6, 2013. Nagel was killed after he fell while trimming a tree. He was a 20 year Army veteran and a full-time J.R.O.T.C. instructor at the high school.
"I think he would be proud of all of us. And it is just all about the mission and it has always been about the mission for him and I," said Rhonda Nagel, substitute teacher at Parkland High School.
The Nagel's are a military family. She serves in the Navy and her late husband served in the army. And their three sons are all army strong.
In his honor, Rhonda is trying to finish her husband's mission of preparing and mentoring future recruits for our military.
"...when you love someone as much as I loved him. It is easy to do," said Nagel.
The students called Mr. Nagel, 1st Sergeant and they now call his wife, "Momma Nagel." One student told WFMY News 2, he enjoys the sandwiches she makes.
As for Rhonda Nagel she hopes to one day teach the J.R.O.T.C program full-time. In the mean time, she plans to keep substituting as long as the school will let her.