Mom Captures the 'Joy' of Back-to-School With Her Teacher Husband & It's Hysterical

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Now that the summer is sadly over, (we'll miss you!) we're seeing our Facebook feeds flooded with adorable photos of little ones heading back to school. But what about the people who have to teach your kids starting in September? It's back-to-school for them, too! That's why one mom got the hilarious idea to make her begrudging husband, who is a teacher, pose in his own first day of school photo shoot. The outcome is epic and quickly went viral because if this was your 1,080 first day of school, you'd probably be making the exact same face!

  • According to Jennifer Lee, she was inspired to make the sign because of the typical "first day of school" photos she sees online.

    Speaking with CafeMom, Jennifer, who is from Greensboro, North Carolina, says that using her husband Tyrelle as her subject was the perfect excuse for her to have a little fun this September. 

    "I always enjoy seeing the signs that kids have in their 'first day of school' pictures," she says. "Our daughter is not school-aged yet, (Harper is only 20 months old), so I figured the next best thing would be to make my teacher husband have his own sign and picture."

    The picture, which hilarious depicts Tyrelle forced into a back-to-school photo like so many kids at this time of year, has gone viral. More than 17,000 people have liked the photo on Facebook and it has been shared more than 29,000 times. 

    And just like when kids go back to school, Tyrell, who is an eighth-grade teacher at Southeast Guilford Middle School, included his favorite foods, colors, and even his love for Vans sneakers and football. 

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  • Jennifer explains that her husband is a pretty "laid-back" guy, and "although he wasn't super excited about it, it didn't take a lot of convincing."

    Jennifer presented the idea to her husband, who wasn't immediately taken with the idea of internet celebrity. What really changed his mind was the thought of his students seeing the photo. "He loves connecting with his students, and this was definitely a way for him to do that," his wife explains.

  • She adds that since the photo has exploded online, colleagues, friends, and even old students have reached out to Tyrelle to show their appreciation.

    She explains that now "so many people are asking his colleagues if they know him -- including the principal of his school."

     "We've also seen so many comments on Facebook from parents of past students saying how much their kids loved him as a teacher, so that has been so nice to hear," she continues.

  • It just goes to show that people love to see a teacher who is passionate about his students and has a sense of humor.

    Although Jennifer says that she definitely has plans for a part two once little Harper starts school, we think that Tyrelle's photo will go down as one of the all-time greatest BTS photos ever. Although, Jennifer never imagined that when she posted it.

    "We certainly did not expect so many people to enjoy the photo," she says, "but I am so glad others thought it was hilarious as I did!"

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