Student surprises favorite teacher with Air Jordans, video goes viral

Posted October 4

LUBBOCK, Texas — Sometimes teaching can feel like a thankless job, and then sometimes a student rewards you with a something you’ve wanted since you were a kid.

That was the case with Coronado High School teacher Thomas Walser. One of his students, Hector Montez, surprised him in the classroom last week with a new pair of Nike Air Jordans — the shoe Walser has been coveting since he was just 12 years old, according to Mashable.

Montez and his friends recorded the moment Walser opened the shoe box and posted his endearing reaction to Twitter.

“You told me sophomore year that this was your favorite shoe,” Montez tells Walser in the video. “You told me your size, but you don’t even remember.”

Initially suspicious of the box, Walser freaks out when Montez opens it to reveal a pair of black and white “Taxi” Air Jordan 12s.

“Oh man!” Walser yells. “I’ve wanted these since I was in 6th grade and I never got them… That’s awesome. Man, I might cry.”

Walser grabs Montez and pulls him in for a hug, then slips off his old shoes to make a childhood dream come true.

The heartwarming video garnered nearly 200,000 likes and more than 100,000 retweets in just five days. Even Nike took notice — awarding Montez with this own pair of Jordan 12s for his generosity, Footwear News reported.

“Your teacher inspired you. You inspired us,” Nike wrote in a note. “Continue to be the change you want to see.”

Walser took to Twitter to express his gratitude to Hector, posting a picture of his new kicks.

“When your kids buy you the shoes you’ve wanted since you were 12!” he wrote. “My AVID students are so incredible! I have loved being y’alls teacher and can’t wait to see what you do in life!”

Jessica Ivins is a content manager for and contributor to the Motherhood Matters section.


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