TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — Marty Markve didn't have a traditional path to the classroom. After three trips to Iraq, he returned to Oklahoma in September and now finds himself teaching history at Tishomingo High School.

Markve's journey began in the Air Force where he served as a B-52 and B-1 crew chief. After completing his service, he signed a contract with Spartan Aeronautics to go to the Middle East to teach the Iraqi Air Force how to fix and fly T-6 aircraft. 

"I learned patience," Markve said. "I learned a little bit of the Arabic language. The culture in it of itself is predicated on a steep family focus."

After returning from Baghdad on September 4, Markve made a quick shift into public education. One month later,  Markve has already found similarities to past experiences.

"Getting up in front and talking to people, I don't have a problem with that," he said. "Being an encourager. All of those things are something that you need in our high school today or our grade schools."

Markve plans to continue to bring positivity and motivation to his workplace.

"I think about the direction that this world is going in, and I see that there is a mode for encouragement and that there is life beyond a school."