The "magical" Ms. Angelina Murphy is a high school English teacher who appears to have a wonderful relationship with her students.
And that wonderment, I think, stems from not only her passion for education and ensuring that their young minds are being nurtured, but because she's willing to meet them "at their level."
Like encouraging them to playfully roast her.
At the end of the year, she asked all of her students to come up with some memes about their time in her classroom.
It was a recurring trend that yielded some pretty awesome results. At first, she just posted a few of her favorite memes on Twitter.
But as time progressed and the favorites and retweets racked up, Ms. Murphy decided to share more of the memes.
As you scroll through them, you start to feel like you get to know Ms. Murphy's personality.
In fact, you begin to feel like a student in her class. We all know that memes pretty much run the internet.
But the ability for these students to use very specific humor about a single person, and then make that relatable to millions of people online is something that's truly special.
Some of the memes can be applied to any classroom. Who remembers those days when a good teacher was pushed too far?
Or trying to sneak reading that extra page of a book during a different class period or browsing the web?
Ms. Murphy even seems to delight in the more personal roasts that her students throw at her.
Sure, she might run a tight ship with the students and the course load might seem a bit much.
Like the fact that she can only see out of "one eye." She doesn't take offense when they point it out because it seems like she has a mutual understanding of respect and decency with the kids she teaches.
What's great is that the students admit when Ms. Murphy tries to do something nice for them and they use it as an opportunity to act like psychos.
While a lot of the memes roast class-time and homework, you know, typical school meme fare, a lot of them got really personal.
Of course there were homework anxiety posts. But the list was also peppered with memes that show how much of a great teacher she is.
And no great teacher would be memorable without their own classroom terminology.
They kept roasting her for the fact that she can only see out of "one eye" and she's totally cool with it. It's amazing.
I personally find it pretty impressive that a teacher can make a student feel like the Wolf of Wall Street because they finished a test before everyone else.
She couldn't stop tweeting her students' photos and kept promising that the next series of pictures would be the last one.
She couldn't bring herself to stop, however. Which only further reinforces how proud she is of her students.
Because if she can't stop sharing the joy she got from seeing their memes, imagine how much she hypes them up when they do well in school?
And there were a lot of students who just threw that love right back, which proves how important it is to have a positive influence at the head of the classroom.
In fact, the role a teacher plays in student development cannot be overstated.
NYU's department of Applied Psychology penned an interesting study on the effects of teacher-student relationships.
Emily Gallagher writes, "positive teacher-student relationships enable students to feel safe and secure in their learning environments and provide scaffolding for important social and academic skills."
Emily Gallagher writes: "positive teacher-student relationships enable students to feel safe and secure in their learning environments and provide scaffolding for important social and academic skills."
The heavily researched piece breaks down all of the effects teachers have on students and how they shape the trajectory of their lives in different ways.
The ties between academic and social outcomes are clearly delineated in the piece, along with the synergistic relationship between the two.
The piece refers to a study on student performance for a math class with regards to teacher "closeness."
Students who were closer with their teachers performed better than students who were not.
Gallagher writes, "Furthermore, students who went from low teacher closeness to high teacher closeness significantly increased in math skills over the transition year, from elementary to middle school."
The piece supposes that much of this has to do with student motivation. "A possible reason for the association between academic improvement and positive teacher-student relationships is students’ motivation and desire to learn."
That closeness also sets a precedent for expectations. Teachers who become close with their students and set a high bar usually end up churning out more accomplished individuals with a passion for success.
Then there are the social implications of teachers who work to foster healthy relationships with their students.
If a teacher "accepts" a student and has a high opinion of them, then fellow students may respect and accept that student more, especially if the kids respect their teacher.
Gallagher writes, "Conflicting interactions between teachers and students may convey a lack of acceptance, causing other students to also reject the student involved in the conflict with the teacher."
These positive interactions help to ultimately foster a higher self-esteem in students who in turn set higher goals for themselves. "Students with high self-esteem are more likely to be self-efficacious and set higher goals."
So there you have it folks, if you want to be better teacher who has a great relationship with your students, show that you're willing to poke fun at yourself and, even better, let them poke fun at you.
As for Ms. Murphy, she was overwhelmed by the response to her students' memes.
I can't wait to see what next year's class comes up with.