Adorable First Graders Made Their Teacher's Proposal One For The Books

"They were extremely giddy and squealing with excitement, and of course some of them covered their eyes when we kissed."

This adorable classroom proposal deserves an A+ in our book.

On Jan. 29, Samuel Nalbandian proposed to his teacher girlfriend Jennifer Lai at Global Education Academy 2 in Los Angeles surrounded by her first grade students.

Samuel Nalbandian proposed to Jennifer Lai with the help of her first grade students.
Eric Nguyen | Jessica Lai
Samuel Nalbandian proposed to Jennifer Lai with the help of her first grade students.

"I am not an easy person to surprise," Jennifer told The Huffington Post. "I catch on to things pretty quickly and my intuitive nature tends to make sirens go off in my head before anything has even happened."

That makes it all the more impressive that Sam was able to pull off the surprise without a hitch. It wouldn't have been possible without the help of Jennifer's sister, her friend Dianne and the principal David Warken. On the day of the proposal, they prepared the students for the surprise while Jennifer was in another classroom with some of her colleagues.

The first graders preparing for the big moment. The kids were saying things like, "I’m so nervous!" and "Ms. Lai’s gonna marry a man! In there!" and “Are they gonna kiss?!"
Eric Nguyen | Jessica Lai
The first graders preparing for the big moment. The kids were saying things like, "I’m so nervous!" and "Ms. Lai’s gonna marry a man! In there!" and “Are they gonna kiss?!"

When she got back, Jennifer noticed that the kids were being unusually quiet. But before she could give it much thought, she was asked to sit down and watch a video.

"As soon as the movie title 'A Samifer Special' came onto the screen, I started freaking out!" she said. "I covered my mouth and repeated 'Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!' about a million times."

Jennifer's family had put together a video reenacting her first few dates with Sam. It was accurate down to every last detail -- the clothes, the food, the conversation.

She didn't see this coming!
Eric Nguyen | Jessica Lai
She didn't see this coming!

Afterwards, all the kids stood up, each holding a letter to spell out the words “Will you marry me?" That's when Sam entered with bouquet and got down on one knee.

Together they spelled out, "Will you marry me?" Adorable, right?
Eric Nguyen | Jessica Lai
Together they spelled out, "Will you marry me?" Adorable, right?

"I really didn’t want to kiss in front of my students, but of course a colleague egged us on, so one peck sealed the deal!"

A very tasteful peck on the lips.
Eric Nguyen | Jessica Lai
A very tasteful peck on the lips.

The best part of the proposal? The students' excitement about getting to be a part of it all.

"They went wild," Jennifer told HuffPost. "They were extremely giddy and squealing with excitement, and of course some of them covered their eyes when we kissed."

Just look at those smiles!
Eric Nguyen | Jessica Lai
Just look at those smiles!

"After taking some pictures, the students started jumping and swarming me and the following week I received some adorable notes and gifts," she added.

An honest note from one of Jennifer's students reads: "Congratulations. I'm happy you will not be alone anymore. God bless you and your husband."
Courtesy of Jennifer Lai
An honest note from one of Jennifer's students reads: "Congratulations. I'm happy you will not be alone anymore. God bless you and your husband."
Another note reads, "Congratulations on your wedding. I hope that you have a great wedding ceremony."
Courtesy of Jennifer Lai
Another note reads, "Congratulations on your wedding. I hope that you have a great wedding ceremony."
"One student was even crying because she was so overwhelmed with joy and excitement. Watching her reaction on camera is probably one of my favorite parts of the entire proposal."
Eric Nguyen | Jessica Lai
"One student was even crying because she was so overwhelmed with joy and excitement. Watching her reaction on camera is probably one of my favorite parts of the entire proposal."

That night, Jennifer and Sam continued the celebration with friends and family at a surprise engagement party.

The ecstatic couple posing with family.
Courtesy of the couple
The ecstatic couple posing with family.

"For someone who isn’t easily surprised, I was thoroughly surprised all day!"Jennifer said. "It’s an engagement I’ll never forget. And neither will my students, I’m sure!"

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