A teacher from Texas has broken down emotionally after his students surprised him with his first birthday cake in more than 10 years.

A video of the surprise experienced by High School English Teacher Kyle Simpler, 56, as he received the cake was posted to the Twitter account of one of his students last week.

It has since received tens of thousands of retweets and likes.

The caption on the video says, “Threw our teacher a surprise party. He doesn’t remember the last time he has a b’day cake,” the video caption reads.

The videos shows Mr Simpler entering his classroom to find the room decorated with streamers. Two students approached to deliver him a gift bag and a card, while the rest of the class break out in a loud chorus of “Happy Birthday”.

Mr Simpler, clearly overwhelmed with emotion, retreated to a corner to sit on a shelf, where he could be heard saying “Thank you”.

The video has also been posted to YouTube where it has received over 61,000 views in the short time it has been live.

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  • So cute. So glad that his students could make it a special day for their teacher. He must be a great teacher.


  • So beautiful of the students to make his day, or year, like that. Very sad he hadn’t had a birthday cake for that long.


  • haha that is cool! i agree, he must be a great guy!


  • oh, he must be an awesome teacher and man to get a class of kids to surprise him like that.. Happy Birthday!


  • It’s nice to see kids behaving so generously.


  • That is so fantastic. Well done to the students


  • What a wonderful surprise for the teacher. I wonder how the pupils found out, whether he innocently made a comment during a class or what? It is great to see that the teacher is shown care and appreciation by his pupils. Either they spent their pocket money on the teacher the definitely respect or their parents were involved too.


  • How lovely. He must be a wonderful teacher :)


  • Lke ju


  • It really doesn’t take much to show someone you care.


  • So lovely and thoughtful.


  • Oh! This is so sweet! They had a wonderful idea! They made his day!! :-)


  • Just beautiful, that just shows we need to have faith in our young people. It also shows the great respect they have for him as a teacher.


  • Teachers deserve positive surprises like this – just like everyone else. He must be a great teacher for the students to have done this for him.


  • Such a heart warming video.


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