One of the greatest singers of our time, Lizzo, is more than just a mega-talented recording artist. She’s a beacon of self-love and an inspiration to those who are searching for a boost of positivity. For that reason, Dorothy Mallari, a second-grade teacher in Pittsburg, California, taught her students a remix to Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” to lift their confidence. Because let’s face it: learning math, finishing homework, and making new friends is not easy.
“Let’s be great / ‘Cause I know we are great,” the students sing as Mallari dances on a table. “I just took an ELA test / Turns out I’m 100 percent that smart / Yeah I got math problems / That’s the student in me,” the lyrics went.
The Los Medanos Elementary teacher had no idea that her classroom’s performance of the PG-rated Lizzo song would go viral. “I didn’t think I’d have that impact, we just try to make learning fun here,” she told NBC Bay Area. But once the video was featured on the Pittsburg Unified School District’s Facebook page earlier this week and garnered more than 6,000 likes as of this morning, the inspiring anthem spread to the far corners of the Internet. Even Lizzo herself signed off on the video with massive approval.
“Ur right.. this IS the best thing I’ve watched today,” the musician tweeted.
Ur right.. this IS the best thing I’ve watched today 😍 https://t.co/4LBbVz8gxn
— Feelin Good As Hell (@lizzo) November 6, 2019
But there’s more: Lizzo surprised Mallari and her second-grade class on Good Morning America with a special message. “You are 100 percent the future,” she said, referencing a quote from the remix. “You’re so bright and so beautiful and so talented, so keep it up and I hope to see y’all one day. I want to drop in on your class, so hopefully we can make that happen,” she concludes, crossing her fingers.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 8, 2019
For Mallari, teaching her students catchy lyrics to popular beats is nothing new. According to KTVU, every year, her classroom is taught a song that reflects a specific learning experience. Last year, they learned a Drake remix about “flexible seating and classroom culture.”
If every teacher took a cue from Dorothy Mallari, our little “worker bees” (as the lyric goes) would have a way easier time getting out of bed in the morning.