LYNN HAVEN -- A first grader got the surprise of a lifetime during reading time Tuesday morning. His teacher at Bay Haven Charter Academy pulled a fast one on him with her weekly Mystery Reader.
Emotions were high inside Laura Verenakis' first grade class. Jordan Martin was all smiles after his father who had been deployed, surprised him during reading class.
Each week Laura Verenakis' class gets a visit from a “mystery reader” but Tuesday a special visitor walked through the door.
Jordan Martin hasn't seen his father since August. Timothy Martin is in the middle of a year-long deployment to Korea.
"Feels great. It's been a long time away from him, about eight months. Got four months left on my tour; happy to be back and get some time with the boys and the wife and family and stuff," Timothy Martin (Air Force) said.
Jordan's mom and teacher have been planning for this surprise since they found out Timothy was coming home.
"The toughest part was keeping the secret," Rebecca Martin said. "That was the toughest part because as you tell other people around sometimes they start to kind of slip out."
"I think he's absolutely shocked," teacher Laura Verenakis said. "I think that he just did not know really what to think. ‘Is that really him or what?’ So I think that they're going to have a great time tonight."
Timothy will be home for two weeks before returning to Korea to finish his tour. It's going to be a busy two weeks, packed with family fun.
“Some beach time, Frank Brown Park…stuff like that. We'll have to hang out and keep him busy…a couple movies here and there.
"Ok we have to go there too."
Jordan also has an older brother who has not seen his father yet. They plan to surprise him at camp next week.