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McWhirter Elementary Principal Surprised with Patriot Award

McWhirter Elementary Principal Surprised with Patriot Award

Dr. Michael Marquez, principal of McWhirter Elementary in Clear Creek ISD, was surprised during a special assembly with the Service Member Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

A U.S. Department of Defense program, ESGR works to promote cooperation and understanding between service members and their civilian employers. The Patriot Award is given out to recognize a supervisor’s efforts to support citizen warriors through a variety of measures in a workplace. Marquez was nominated by English Language Arts instructional coach, Christine Liesmann.

“I nominated Dr. Marquez because being a spouse of a military person requires many different roles, many of which he is familiar with since he served as well,” said Liesmann. “Once I was hired at McWhirter, Dr. Marquez, along with the entire staff, welcomed me and continues to support me as I navigate the certain responsibilities at home while also trying to be an advocate for military families at home and away.”

During the ceremony, Cecil Macklin from ESGR delivered the award along with a special 50-year coin. Brigadier General Michael Liesmann, J2MA U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) and Christine’s husband, delivered a personal note of appreciation from Sargent Major Howard Kreamer, Marine Corp Command Sr. Enlisted Leader at U.S. STRATCOM, a uniform Patch and the Command Sr. Enlisted Leaders coin.

“I have been left speechless only a couple of time in my life, and I am definitely speechless today,” said Marquez to his students and staff in the auditorium. “I am so grateful for the love and support from this McWhirter family.”

After service eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Marquez decided to pursue a career in education. He has been working for CCISD for the last 18 years.

Click here to learn more about the Patriot Award and watch this special spotlight on Marquez.