Usually, when teachers are holding a discussion via Zoom, they pray that there are no surprise guest stars. I know I do my best not to accidentally video bomb my kids’ classes when they’ve got the computer open in the kitchen! But not all surprise guests are created equal.
A group of 900 teachers in Texas found this out first-hand when they were holding a staff meeting and Oscar-winning actor and everybody’s favorite professor and bingo caller, Matthew McConnaughey, suddenly showed up to express his gratitude for what they do, and what they’ve been doing during the pandemic.
The meeting was being held by the Independent School District in La Porte, Texas, on Thursday morning.
“That was amazing. It made my day and put a smile on my face,” said Misti Prock, College Park Elementary School nurse. “What a kind man to give his time to talk to us.”
McConnaughey explained that his mother was a public school teacher, so he has a lot of respect for what they do.
“I’m a public school son. My mom taught in public schools for thirty-something years,” McConaughey, 50, told the group. “What a valuable occupation y’all have. What you do as an educator, that’s never going to go out of style.”
Nowadays the actor is a bit of a teacher himself, at the University of Texas, and he understands and appreciates the staff’s concern about the pandemic.
“Let’s all remember that we are going to get out of this. It’s going to pass, and we’ll be looking at this situation of our lives in the rear view mirror, and our students will as well,” he said. “Keep your head up. We’ll get out of this on the other side because that’s just what we’re gonna do.”
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