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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Diving into a teaching career after retiring from the military may seem like an odd change of pace. But to Chief Thomas Frost it was the perfect choice. He sees it as a way to continue serving his county in a new way.

He joined the staff at Ashley High School after 23 years of service to his country. And his wife let WWAY in on a little secret. Though he is retired and should be lounging around enjoying life, that’s not the case. “He gives up weekend and most evening for drill meets and community service events” with his students Sheri Frost explained. He even postponed his Christmas vacation to help students deliver trees and dinners to those who would otherwise go without.

Chief Frost teaches alongside a fellow retired Sailor inside the walls of Ashley High School. They’re surrounded by students of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program. Each student doesn’t necessarily want to pursue a career in the military, but each one values service. “They serve through volunteering,” said Frost.

He runs a tight ship. “I don’t tell my students that I love them or anything like that,” he said. “Don’t tell them, but I truly do.” He may put on a tough face, but his dedication and love for students is apparent in his eyes as he smiles while they’re working hard.

His classes has to be one of the most well-behaved classes WWAY has surprised. It was virtual silence as the cameras barged through the door. But once given permission to speak, they all began cheering for their beloved teacher.

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