When Rocky Branch Elementary School observes Veterans Day, fifth graders will celebrate their own teacher. Language arts instructor Theo Deaton worked in Army intelligence for two years from 1994 to 1996. Specifically, Deaton was an intelligence analyst on weapons systems. 

Deaton enlisted as a college sophomore after visiting a local recruiter with her sister in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

“When I went in, I was sitting there like, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s so many benefits,” Deaton said. “It sounds like an adventure. Part of it is you take the ASVAB [test], and when I took it, I basically had my choice of jobs.”

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