After two years of hearing “Buenos días” every morning from her Spanish teacher at Turner High School in Kansas City, Kan., Taylor Rios decided to do something to honor his signature greeting.
“We just wanted to give him a special gift, and thought about doing a video of him saying ‘Buenos días,’ since he says it every day,” Rios said of her teacher, Andrew Ward. “He’s an awesome guy and a cool teacher, and we really wanted to do something special for him.”
Starting in March, Rios and fellow student Bella Gordillo used a cellphone to record Ward walking into the classroom every day. Ward greets his students with his arms out wide and a loud “Buenos días!” that his students enjoy.
“As time went on he could tell that we were videotaping him, but he didn’t know why,” Rios said. “When we showed him the video on the last day of school, he wouldn’t stop smiling, he was really shocked.”
Twice during the montage Ward changes his greeting, once to “Guten tag,” and once to “Luke, yo soy tu padre” in reference to “Star Wars.” At the end of the video, the screen cuts to Gordillo and Rios saying, “Adios Señor Ward!”
Ward shared the video on his personal Facebook page on May 25 and it quickly became a hit. Ward wrote on the Facebook post, “Last week two of my senior girls surprised me with this video montage... I realized after watching this — that I need to buy more shirts.”
The video so far has more than 465,000 views on his Facebook page, and has been shared by BuzzFeed, Inside Edition and several news outlets. Rios said the feedback has been almost all positive.
“I definitely didn’t think the video would get so much attention,” Rios said. “At first it was a hundred views, then thousands and now hundreds of thousands of views. It’s been really crazy.”