In a video for SoulPancake, five teachers gather to talk about the challenges that come with their jobs.
But what they don't know is that a bunch of their students are waiting to surprise them with letters of appreciation, thanking them for all of their hard work and for shaping them as people.
First, Mr. Smith, a sixth grade humanities teacher, opens up about the pressure he feels as an influence on his students.
"When I get into this space where it's like, they're my kids, and then if they make a mistake, which they will do, I get doubtful," Smith says. Looking back on his own educational past, however, he mostly remembers those teachers that made a difference to him as a person, rather than the "exact lessons they taught from the curriculum."
Ms. Soto, a first grade Spanish immersion teacher, also points out that sometimes she spends more time with the kids she teaches than members of her own family.
With that, the teachers' students walk onto the set to read aloud the letters they've written. Needless to say, their entrances cause quite an emotional reaction.
Mr. Belou, a gym and special education teacher, as well as a basketball coach, tears up as one of his players reads: "Thank you for making me a better person and thank you for never giving up on me and helping me become the man I am today."
Shortly after, other members of his team show up, each handing him their own letters.
The video is yet another reminder to show appreciation for all those who have positively impacted your life — from teachers to parents, friends to acquaintances, and beyond.
Be sure to check it out in full below: