Army Colonel personally attends elementary school’s Constitution Day.
For the past several years, U.S. Army Col. Nora Marcos has been a part of Martin Elementary School’s Constitution Day presentation. From far and from abroad, she has sent videos to the Brownsville campus every year as children learn about and present their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
This year was special, as Marcos was able to set foot on the campus and meet with students directly for the first time in her hometown where she graduated from Pace High School in 1986. Marcos’ sister is part of the school’s administration and asked her to put together a video for the students while deployed to Iraq. Since then, it’s been an annual opportunity for her to connect.
“I’ve done it while deployed, while stationed in Japan, when I was working in D.C.” Marcos said. “Last year I did it in front of the Supreme Court building.”
The presentation at Martin Elementary is the culmination of studies part of the state-mandated curriculum, which according to the Texas Education Agency is important “to highlight the values and ideals on which the United States was founded as well as the sacrifices that were made for freedom in the founding of the country.”
Brownsville Independent School District Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Timothy Cuff had a similar perspective stating, “We have to remember that this whole country was built on the Constitution, that’s the foundation of what our beliefs are and how the country runs.”
This means hearing from those who serve to uphold and protect the time-honored document, like Col. Marcos who is currently the chief of staff of the Network Cross-Functional Team whose job is to modernize the Army network, a subordinate element to the recently-established Army Futures Command in Austin.
As a soldier, she enjoys relaying what the Constitution and the oath military service members take to defend the document means to her. “It makes me proud to see the kids and thank them personally. It was exciting to look back into the crowd and see all the parents.”
BISD social studies specialist Juan Mendoza appreciates the effort brought forth by Marcos.
“It is important to our students to talk to our civil servant,” Mendoza said. “It’s a great celebration of social studies.”