Feature: A Classroom Proposal: Two M-A Staff Members Engaged
On June 1, 2012, Menlo-Atherton teacher Rachel Andres opened her classroom door to find her students cheering atop desks, a crowd of teachers, and a huge banner that read, “Will you marry me?” at the front of the room. Campus supervisor Will Hobson stood in front of the banner, holding an engagement ring.
The two staff members met on December 19, 2010, at the restaurant Rudy’s in Palo Alto. Mr. Hobson became an M-A campus supervisor at the beginning of the 2011 school year, and Ms. Andres has been a teacher at the school since 2005.
Mr. Hobson told Ms. Andres’ AVID class of his idea for the proposal a month in advance, and it was perfectly planned and executed. According to Ms. Andres, campus aides “Deanie [Ta'ufo'ou] and Steven [Guerra] came to my classroom, and Deanie said she had to talk to me about something really important.” Mr. Guerra promised to watch her class while Ms. Ta’ufo’ou took Ms. Andres on a golf cart ride around almost the entire school. Once they left, Mr. Hobson, students, and other teachers set up a giant paper banner and rearranged the desks so that students could stand on top of them, holding signs with pictures of stick figures labelled “Rachel and Will,” and others that said, “Say yes!”
When Ms. Andres returned from the golf cart ride and entered her classroom, she was completely taken by surprise. “[Will] took me up to the front of the classroom, right in front of the banner, got down on one knee, asked me and I said yes!” she recalled with a smile. “I cried, [my students] cheered…all the other G-wing teachers thought someone was having a heart attack from all the screaming.”
The students brought a bottle of Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider, and everyone celebrated afterwards with toasts.
Will figured that the proposal “would catch her off guard,” and it definitely did. Ms. Andres said that she “knew he was going to propose at some point, but had no idea it was going to be that day or that time.”
The current date set for the wedding is June 29, in the summer of 2013.
“All of us, all of the students [are] really happy for her,” said AVID student Erendira Parra, who witnessed the proposal. “It was a really exciting moment to be part of the proposal and part of their lives.”