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Woodville school administrators connect with students on 'Tik Tok Tuesday'

Posted at 8:06 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 20:06:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Missing seeing their students and interacting, administrators at Woodville School participated in their first 'Tik Tok Tuesday.'

Since the coronavirus hit the U.S., the app Tik Tok has become more and more popular each day to create short videos where you can dance, lip-sync, and much more.

The administrators for Woodville School were nervous to create their first Tik Tok but it ended up being a big hit with their students.

"We were reluctant at first," said Patrick Wright, Woodville School assistant principal. "Not about doing something for the kids, but the fact that we were going to be filmed, and they were going to watch us dancing."

Dr. Lisa Mehr, the principal at Woodville, got the idea to create a video from her daughter.

"With everything going on and not getting to see them," Mehr said, "and they're always on TikTok too, I was like, 'alright.' So, I asked our admin team if they'd do it with me and they did, and that's what we got."

Dr. Mehr, Patrick Wright, Jessica Andrews, and Jessica Hooker did not use the TikTok app, but instead, watched a tutorial on how to create the video.

"We each did our own individually and then sent it to Mr. Wright, " Mehr said. "His son is a videographer, so he put all four of them together for us. And we were in four totally different places."

The video is fun for everyone, but it's also a way for the administration to show students they are thinking of them.

"I tell the kids, I treat you as if you were my own kids," said Wright. "While you're stern with them about things, you also laugh with them, you share with them, you cry with them, all of those things."

"We do understand that it's a very difficult time right now, but we'll get through it, and they are loved," said Mehr.

Woodville teachers are up next for Tik Tok Tuesday. Wright's advice to them is to dive right in.

"It hurts, it's painful at first," Wright said. "Especially when you do your takes, and you play it back and watch yourself doing it. But after it's all done and you get some views on it, it's all worth it."

They say they'll continue doing the videos until their students are back in the classroom.

If you are a student at Woodville School and can make some Tik Tok videos, administrators and teachers want to see them.