Teacher Brought to Tears When Students Surprise Him With Birthday Party
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
A group of students in Texas brought one of their teachers to tears after surprising him with a birthday cake, something the teacher has not had in over a decade.
Kyle Simpler, 56, has been working at Burleson High School as an English teacher for the past two years. When Simpler’s students got word that he hasn’t had a proper birthday celebration in at least 10 years, his students decided to change that.
When Simpler walked into his classroom, his students surprised him with a birthday party, cake and all.
Threw our teacher a surprise party. He doesn't remember the last time he has a bday cake ???? pic.twitter.com/yR3jOGByTw
— Sae (@Saeya8) February 11, 2016
“Oh my god!” Simpler shouted as he wiped away tears. “Thank you,” he added.
The video of the surprise has gone viral with over 56,000 retweets on Twitter.
“I was floored,” Simpler shared with Inside Edition. “It was totally a surprise let me tell you that.”
Simpler shared that his birthday is usually low-key, normally keeping it very family-orientated.
“I try to be more private on birthdays and we don’t make a big deal about it,” Simpler said.
Student Karlie Moran was the one who organized the whole party.
“When I heard he hadn’t had one in 10 years, I said there’s no way, we have to change that,” Moran shared with Inside Edition.
Simpler’s class pooled together their money to get Simpler some gifts and a cake topped with his cat, Felix. Simpler’s reaction was exactly what the class was hoping for.
Happy Birthday again to my favorite teacher!!!!! ???? pic.twitter.com/Ch7x6FXnQH
— april 10th (@karlie_3194) February 11, 2016
“When I saw his reaction I was like, ‘yes!’ It was perfect,” said Moran. “He’s always been one of my favorite teachers. My heart broke because everyone’s used to cakes.”
Simpler says this will definitely be a birthday “for the books.”
“It was memorable to say the least. It made me feel good that I have this group of students. These are great kids,” he said.