High School Teacher Walks in Classroom on Birthday, Floored by Surprise from Students


Birthdays are made for everything nice — cake, presents, and fun. What’s a birthday without some surprises?

Well, not everyone gets to have an amazing birthday each year. Some people actually view their birthday as just another day.

And while many of us want that ideal celebratory moment, a lot of us are just blessed to see another year.

Texas high school teacher, Kyle Simpler, generally kept a low profile on his special day. It was nothing really special, just a quiet day with family.

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“I try to be more private on birthdays and we don’t make a big deal about it,” the English teacher told Inside Edition.

Well, when students at Burleson High School discovered it had been 10 years since he enjoyed a birthday cake, they were determined to change that for his 59th celebration.

Leading the show was Simpler’s student Karlie Moran. Her job was the perfect place to buy a cake.

“I work at the grocery store, and went to the bakery on my breaks,” she said. “I told them Mr. Simpler really likes cats and they made something cool.”

The students all pitched in and were able to get a cake designed with an image of Felix the Cat. They also bought gifts for Simpler to make it even more special.

“He’s always been one of my favorite teachers,” Moran said. “My heart broke because everyone’s used to cakes.”

On the day of his birthday, students recorded the moment Simpler walked into his classroom to the surprise party. Waiting for him on his desk was the long-overdue birthday cake.

You can see the surprise on his face when he enters the room. He holds his head in his hands as he surveys the scene.

As the class sang “Happy Birthday,” Simpler was completely “floored” by the thoughtful gesture. His students were already “great kids,” but this was the icing on the cake.

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“It was memorable to say the least,” Simpler said. “It made me feel good that I have this group of students.”

Simpler has been working at the school for only two years and has already made a strong connection with his students.

He obviously admires his students, but they seem to admire him even more. After all, the proof is in the cake.

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