English Teacher Makes Dorky “Friends” Parody About Online School And It’s Amazing.

In a normal year, the back-to-school season inspires parents and educators alike to create a slew of funny videos celebrating their students’ return to the classroom. While everything looks a little different right now due to COVID-19, people are still finding creative ways to spread some joy!

Paul Miller is an English teacher at Appleton East High School in Wisconsin. Since 2010, he’s made an annual song parody to welcome the teens back, and he wasn’t about to set the tradition aside, even though he was preparing for an online-only class. Instead, he recreated “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts, otherwise known as the theme song to “Friends,” and he nailed it!

He spent a day writing his own hilarious lyrics, then he and his wife Laura headed to the vacant school to record the music video. With lines like, “I’ll be here for you/When you’re learning from home” and “You’ll watch me on Chrome,” it became an instant success! Our only question is where do we sign up to join his class?

Check out Paul’s delightful back-to-school celebration in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story with a teacher or two.


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Back to School 2020: "I'll Be HERE For You" (shout out to Laura Miller, my greatest collaborator)

Posted by Paul Miller on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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