ANNA, TEXAS (KXII) -- Army Captain Scott Schwartz waited with nervous excitement to see his wife and daughter.
"I'm nervous like a first date," Schwartz said.
After being deployed in Afghanistan for a year, he devised a plan to surprise his wife, a 5th grade teacher, and his young daughter, at their Anna elementary school.
All 600 students gathered for what they thought was an award ceremony, not knowing who was behind the curtain.
"I was shocked. Scott was supposed to be home on Saturday or Sunday, which worked out perfectly because I wouldn't have to miss any work and I couldn't believe it I saw him. It's just been a really long year, so just, I'm really glad to have him back," Scott's wife, Rebecca Schwartz, said.
"The looks on both of their faces was priceless. I didn't expect such a showing I thought I'd walk into her class and surprise her. Probably comparable to when the doors opened on the church and I saw my bride for the first time. It was great," Scott Schwartz said.