KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Kansas City Spanish teacher is going viral after appearing in a video that's been shared nearly 400,000 times across the globe.
The video is a compilation that shows Turner High School Spanish teacher Andrew Ward welcoming his students to class each day with a very enthusiastic greeting of “Buenos dias!”
“He says it differently every day and does something goofy every day just to put smiles on our faces,” said Taylor Rios, one of Ward’s students who just graduated this May.
Sometimes “Señor Ward” likes to mix it up. The video shows him also greeting kids with “Luke, yo soy tu padre” and “guten tag”.
But no matter what he says, the effect of Ward’s grand entrances is always the same.
“Just to make us enjoy being in Spanish class, draw us in like, ‘Hey, we’re here to learn Spanish!’” said Bella Gordillo, a senior who also graduated this May.
So as the school year came to an end, Rios and Gordillo wanted to pay tribute to their favorite teacher in a special way – secretly filming his greetings throughout the semester and putting together a video montage they presented to him before they graduated.
“We showed it to him at the end of the year and our class loved it!” said Gordillo. “They thought it was really funny and hilarious.”
Wanting to share the fun with family and friends, Ward posted the video to his Facebook page, and to his surprise, hundreds of thousands of strangers started to share it.
“I think people like it because everybody remembers their favorite teacher or the teacher that left the mark on them and encouraged them to go on and do other things,” said Alan Penrose, principal at Turner High School.
“He’s that teacher for these young ladies and I think people just love seeing stuff like that from school.”
Ward was unavailable for an interview Tuesday about the video that’s gone viral. However, he told FOX 4 that the national attention was “completely unexpected.”
Ward also said, “It was heartwarming to know that I had made an impact on their lives, and that they wanted to capture a little bit of my cheesiness in an effort to make strong memories.”
For these girls, he’s a teacher they will never forget.
“He`s just one of those teachers that you can just go to about anything,” said Rios. “He`s one of those teachers you can be a friend to.”