A beloved educator was gifted with a brand new pair of Nike Air Jordans that he's wanted since he was 12 years old.
Thomas Walser teaches at Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas and is also an AVID coach, which is a program to help students prepare for college and the workforce.
“It’s good to give back to the man who’s always been by my side,” one of Walser’s students, Hector Montez, wrote on Twitter.
Montez shared a clip of the moment he surprised Walser with the iconic sneakers.
The video has been retweeted more than 100,000 times and liked nearly 200,000 times.
Walser, who clearly was not expecting to receive such a gift, can be heard saying, “If something jumps out of this box, I swear to God…”
Montez replied, “You told me sophomore year that this was your favorite shoe and you told me your size, but you don’t even remember it.”
When Walser opened the box to find his new pair of sneakers, he received the shock of a lifetime.
“I wanted these since I was in 6th grade and I never got them,” the teacher said as he approached Montez for a hug. “Man, I’m going to cry,” he added before putting the shoes on right then and there.
Aside from the obvious heartwarming element of this story, it also speaks to the influence educators truly have on their students’ lives.
Their jobs do not begin and end in the classroom because if they are doing things right, what they’ve instilled in their pupils will stay with them throughout their everyday life.
Naturally, the touching story has gone viral and social media has exploded with emotional responses.
This beautiful student and teacher bond shows that a mutual appreciation and respect exists between them, which is something we can only hope other educators are fostering in their own classrooms.
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