Graduating seniors pull off a surprise visit to their retired kindergarten teacher in viral TikTok

We all have a teacher or two who we’ll never forget for the tremendous impact they’ve made on our lives. We remember these people for the rest of our lives because they’ve made our learning experience in school fun and memorable.

Jane Pearson, their kindergarten teacher in Chesterton (Indiana), was the person who graduated eight Chesterton students.

Mrs. Pearson taught the same class at the same school for 38 years. This was her thirteenth retirement year, and her final class of kindergarteners had just graduated high school.


Some of her students had planned to surprise their most memorable kindergarten teacher, from decades ago, before the special day.

Mrs. Pearson’s daughter, Kim Hamilton, caught the touching moment on camera and shared the clip on TikTok, where it has gone viral with over 3.1 million views.

The video opens with Mrs. Pearson in her garden, with her husband and her daughter. She is seen waving and congratulating graduates passing by when she suddenly turns to Kim and asks, “What’s going on? What’s happening?”

A female high school graduate entering the home of Mrs. Pearson

In the background, someone is heard saying “hi,” and Mrs. Pearson shouts, “Liz!” as a young woman in graduation attire enters her garden with a few other students trailing behind her.

“Did you know this was happening?” Mrs. Pearson asks Kim, who then explains that the visitors were her kindergarteners.

“Oh my gosh, I love you all! Look at you,” exclaimed Mrs. Pearson, getting out of her chair so she could give everyone a hug.

Jane Pearson shocked upon seeing her former kindergarten students

“You’re all just gorgeous!” she says as she greets them.

“Me too?” a male graduate jokingly asked, drawing laughter from the others.

“I was just on your Facebook,” Mrs. Pearson admitted after hugging another male student. “You know how you snoop around.”

“I gotta have a picture,” Mrs. Pearson tells Kim, who reminds her that this was her last graduating class.

“That’s your last group of kindergarteners,” Kim says from behind the camera. After hearing these words, Mrs. Pearson becomes emotional and the video ends.

Jane Pearson hugging one of her former kindergarten students

Kim spoke with Viral Hog to discuss the special moment.

“A student from the graduating class of 2022 (which was her last kindergarten class) contacted me because she wanted to get a group of former students together to surprise her,” she said. “My mom’s passion was her career and her job was everything to her.”

“I spent years of my childhood on evenings and weekends with her at the school prepping so everything was perfect,” Kim added. “She made special memory books for each child that she bound and presented at the end of the year to each student. She was truly a unique teacher. She deserves this recognition.”

A comment made on TikTok by one of Mrs. Pearson's former students

Viewers posted their emotions in the comments, sharing their thoughts and feelings. Some also talked about the remarkable teachers they’ve had in their lives.

A few teachers also chimed in, with one saying, “Proof they never stop being our kids after they leave us.”

A former student of hers also commented.

It’s heartwarming to see these graduates taking the time to make their kindergarten teacher feel appreciated even though many years have already passed.

The video below shows their sweet surprise at the kindergarten teacher.

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