There’s a new Barry White (Jr) in town. And he may just be our favourite teacher ever. 

White, a fifth grade English teacher in North Carolina, and his class have gone viral for their ‘good morning handshakes’.

As the students enter the classroom, White completes an epic handshake with each student to pump the class up and get their attention. 

The impressive part? 

Each student has an individualised handshake of their own that their teacher has created and memorised especially for them! 

And it looks pretty darn impressive!


The handshakes aren’t just to win brownie points from his students, it also serves a purpose. 

“They know when they get to the front door we do our ‘good mornings,’ and then it’s time to go,” White told ABC News

“I’m always pumped up and then we start doing the moves and that brings them excitement and pumps them up for a high-energy class.”


It all evolved from a special handshake with one eager fourth grade student… and now spans multiple classes and grades. 

“I started with one simple handshake last year with a 4th grader,” White said.

“She would wait for me every morning before she’d go to class.

“She’d get in trouble sometimes for being late because she’d wait on the handshake.

“This year I started making handshakes with the kids at recess. It was just one or two students and then it became contagious.

“I saw how much it meant to them, so I said, ‘Come on. Everyone come on.’ Then it was my full class, then it was kids from other classes. Now I have 3rd graders wanting to do it too.”


How he remembers all the handshakes? 

It’s simple.

“It’s muscle memory at this point. I do it so much with them. They love coming up to me and doing it,” he said.

“I just know the certain moves that go with certain kids because it’s personalized. For example, I started a step team at the school. Some of my 5th graders I teach are on that step team and you’ll notice we step a little bit in their handshakes.”

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