When principal Theresa Taylor handed the microphone to Jennifer Schultz at the Glacier Edge Elementary School community gathering Thursday, April 11, Taylor thought the guidance counselor wanted to talk up the ongoing supply drive.

Instead, Schultz turned the spotlight back on the school principal, in her 13th year at GE. Within a minute, Taylor was crying as she hugged her husband, son and father, all of whom were on hand for the surprise celebration of the school leader’s kindness, love and support.

A 7-minute video tribute featured staff and students sharing their memories of Taylor and the reasons they appreciate her leadership. As the video ended and applause filled the room, student Penny Johnson ran across the gym to hug Taylor – the first of many students who would do so on their way back to class.

Schultz said there was no specific reason for the celebration, just an opportunity to celebrate someone who does so much to celebrate everyone else in the building on a daily basis.

– Scott Girard