High School Assistant Principal & Dance Team ‘Level Up’ with Ellen’s Big Surprise

High School Assistant Principal & Dance Team ‘Level Up’ with Ellen’s Big Surprise


Last month, we saw a video of
an assistant principal named Ranesa Shipman dancing to
Ciara’s “Level Up Challenge” at a high school pep rally. Take a look. I loved it so much, I
sent my receptors Jeannie to Wilson Central High
School in Lebanon, Tennessee, to meet Ranesa and
her dance team. Jeannie, are you there? Hi, Ellen. Hi, everybody. That video made me so happy. Ranesa, how did this
dance come about? Oh, God, I love you Ellen. Tell Portia I said, hi. The dance came about– I had danced previously
I had dressed up at another pep rally. The kids went nuts. Coach Katie came into
my office and said, you’re going to dance. And I said, OK. So I learned the
dance in two days. My youngest daughter came into
the garage and we practiced. She made sure my
feet were right. And we came back the
next day at school. I had my regular clothes on,
but I had my dance clothes on underneath so the kids
wouldn’t be suspicious. And about 10 seconds
before we started, I just slithered out of my
clothes and the music came on, we hit it, and boom,
we was dancing. Had a great time. I love my kids. I love my job. That’s fantastic. Katie you’re the dance coach. Katie, you’re the dance coach. I heard that when you came up
with the idea for the dance, your hope was to
get me to see it. Yes, it was. So it was actually funny. It started off as a joke. I went into her office. And we talked about it. And I was like, I’m going
to make you go viral. Because I knew that she
literally is your biggest fan. Like, I don’t think she has
eaten, or taken a breath, or maybe even slept in four
weeks, to be honest with you. I told her, I was like, we’re
going to make you go viral. I want Ellen to see this. And the fact that we are
here right now is unreal. It’s absolutely unreal. We all thought it was a joke. And, honestly, for us, this is
all about bringing positivity to the school. And that’s what you’re about,
and that’s what she’s about. And that’s why we’re here. And it’s just thank you,
thank you, thank you so much. Well, I’m so glad. I’m glad you did this. I have to say, I didn’t
have a principal like you when I was growing up. Girls, what is it like having a
principal be part of this dance and be as cool as she is? Having a principal like
Miss Shipman is amazing. She’s an amazing principal. She’s an amazing person. I’m so proud of her. And I’m so proud to
be a student of yours. My favorite thing about
rehearsing this dance was we came in the first day. And we were all
ready, and she came in and her athletic clothes
and I said Miss Shipman, are you ready? And she looked at me, she
said, I was born ready. So were you surprised that she
was willing to do the dance? Honestly, we weren’t
surprised at all that she was willing to do
this because that’s just the type of person and
principal that Miss Shipman is. She just always so involved,
and she cares so much about us. She just wants to make school
so fun and awesome for us. Ranesa, I get the feeling
you love your job. Ellen, if I hit the
lottery tonight, I would come back to
school the next day. I love my job. I love my school family. I love these kids. I’ll do anything for these kids. I love these kids. I love what I do for a living. They mean the world to me. These kids, my personal
kids, my family– I love everybody. What is your ultimate
goal for these students? My ultimate goal is to get
them to the next level of life because if they
fail as students, I’ve failed as a person,
and failure is not an option for me. So failure is not
an option for them. So I want these kids to
succeed because they’re mine. I’m their mother, I’m their
aunt, I’m their friend. I just want them
to be comfortable coming to talk to me if
they ever had a problem or issue that I can resolve. I love my kids. I love my job. I love you. I think you’re amazing. All right, Ranesa. All right. We sent Jeannie
there to talk to you, but really we want
to see you dance. So will you all dance for us? [MUSIC – Ciara, “Level Up”] Awesome, we have a gift
for you when we come back. I was so impressed
with your dance that I wanted to give you
a gift because our friends at Shutterfly love supporting
schools and communities. They know that your
dance team is constantly fund raising to go
to competitions, and they want to help you
out with a check for $15,000. So Jeanie, I heard that
you learned a little more about Ranesa that you
wanted to tell me? I did. Come here, Ranesa. Let me tell you, Ellen. This lady is amazing. You see her love for
life, her energy. You would have no idea
what she has been through. Ranesa and her brother, they
were the first in their family to go to college. Ranesa doesn’t have
only one college degree, she has three of them. She’s got a ton of student
debt, but despite that, any extra money
that she makes, it’s coming right back here to this
school and these students. You are incredible. I hope you know that. I’m just a regular person. I’m just a regular person. You’re amazing. Yeah, you’re not just
a regular person. You’re a very special person. First of all, I
want to say this– I want to meet you
in person, so I’d like you to come to
the show, Ranesa. That’s one thing. And, Ranesa– also. Shutterfly is going to give
you a check for $15,000. Oh my god, I’m sorry. Oh my god. She’s going to hurt her back. You’re going to hurt your
back jumping like that. All right, Ranesa, I’ll
see you soon, I hope. Oh, thank you. I love you. We’ll be back. Hi, I’m Andy. Ellen asked me to remind you
to subscribe to her channel so you can see more
awesome videos– like videos of me getting scared
or saying embarrassing things, like ball peen hammer. And also some videos of
Ellen and other celebrities, if you’re into
that sort of thing.

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