Retired Kindergarten Teacher’s Class Return a Decade Later to Surprise Her on Graduation Day: ‘A teacher’s dream!’

A group of high school seniors teamed up with a clever TikToker to give a retired Kindergarten teacher a tearful surprise.

Mrs. Hamilton retired from her job as a teacher years ago, but it’s clear she made a big impact as an educator.

When her last class of Kindergarten students were all grown up and ready to graduate cap-and-gown, Hamilton’s daughter Kim organized for them to throw a surprise that racked up 3.2 million views on TikTok.

“Hey! Congratulations. That’s cool,” the teacher said when she spotted a former student from her porch. “What’s going on?”

The one student quickly became a dozen, as they emerged from bushes, behind obstacles, and all approached their first school teacher.

“Oh my gosh. Did you know this was happening?” she asked her daughter, who was recording. “Oh my gosh, I love you all. Oh my gosh, you’re all just gorgeous.”

The video touched the hearts of teachers tuning in, with one person writing “proof they never stop being our kids after they leave us.”

“I have tears and chills!!!! This is a teacher’s dream!” another said.