Jennifer Lai loves two things in life: teaching her first-grade students and her boyfriend, Samuel Nalbandian. She was surprised when both these loves came together in the form of a proposal.

“My students were able to share the moment with me and Sam knows how important my students are to me,” Jennifer said.

The Lost Angeles couple had been dating for three years. The day of the proposal was also Jennifer’s last day on her teaching assignment at Global Education Academy 2.

Samuel worked with the school’s principal, David Warken, to sneak into Jennifer’s classroom while she was talking with another teacher, and ask the students for help.

When Jennifer walked back into the classroom she was asked to sit down, as a video celebrating Samuel and Jennifer’s relationship played.

After the video, the 20 first-graders lined up, each holding a card with a letter, spelling out the phrase “will you marry me?”

“My students were able to share the moment with me and Sam knows how important my students are to me,” Jennifer said.

She said yes.

 

Hannah Joy is a student and childrens' literature enthusiast. She enjoys singing, nature walks, and hummus. She hopes to bring joy and truth into the world through the written word.