“5th Graders Freak Out as Teacher Proposes to Fellow Teacher in Front of Class” originally appeared on ABC News, and was reprinted with permission.
A screaming crowd of fifth graders got a huge surprise on Tuesday, after their science teacher proposed to their math teacher for Valentine’s Day.
Jason Seifert, 39, confessed his love for Ally Barker, 28, in front of their elementary school class in Ohio, confirming the students’ suspicions of their romance.
“I knew they would freak out, they’d be a little bit hyper and they were just overwhelmed with excitement,” Seifert told ABC News. “Some [said] they were snooping on Facebook and saw that we were in a relationship. There would be a brave kid that would make some comments like, ‘I heard you and Miss. Barker were dating.’ I’d say, ‘Really? You heard that? I hadn’t really heard that yet!'”
“The answer is yes, we are dating,” Seifert said to the kids. “And, we are a little bit more than dating because I am completely in love with her. I was wondering if Miss Barker would like to become Mrs. Seifert.”
Fellow teachers and students “bum-rushed” Seifert and Barker with a group hug, Seifert said.
Kristine Gillespie, another fifth grade teacher at the school, recorded the moment on video. She told ABC News that she is “so happy” for the newly engaged couple.
Barker said she was shocked yet pleasantly surprised with her classroom proposal.
“Teaching is a really hard job and it’s really overwhelming, but we love our kids,” she said. “We see them more than we see our own kids and to keep them involved in that, it was really special.”
Barker has a 5-year-old child from a previous relationship and Seifert has two children, a 15-year-old and a 19-year-old.
The families are excited to become one at the couple’s wedding this fall.