One principal is taking the Christmas spirit to new heights.
Beth Hoeing, the principal of Southwestern Elementary School in central Indiana, is the star of a TikTok film in which she dresses up as the “Elf on the Shelf” and moves about the school.
She hides in amusing locations for pupils to find, similar to the “Elf on the Shelf” game, in which the cuddly Christmas helper is concealed throughout a home.
“Tell me you have the coolest Principal without telling me you have the coolest Principal,” user @ahhhlieeee wrote in Part 1 of the two video series.
@ahhhlieeee Part 1! #teachertok #TikTokHolidays #principal #elfontheshelf #liveelfonashelf #fyp #foryoupage ♬ Elf – Main Theme – Geek Music
Hoeing can be seen welcoming youngsters by a Christmas tree as they stroll through the school, then duct-taping to the wall, and finally wrapping a fellow faculty member near the copy machines. She’s also been seen with a prize imprisoned within a glass container and sleeping atop the cafeteria’s service stations.
In Part 2, Hoeing is seen sitting on top of a red fire vehicle waving at pedestrians before pretending to fish off the school’s roof. She is then seen in the hallway driving a little automobile against other small cars. Hoeing was even given an artificial snow hill to sled down.
The video, which was released a few days ago, has already received over 12 million views and 1.7 million likes.
@ahhhlieeee PART 2!!! Southwestern Elementary School Shelby County Indiana @Beth Hoeing #liveelfonashelf #SpartanNation #SWE #christmas #fyp #foryoupage #Part2 #fox59news #wthrnews #TikTokHolidays ♬ Elf – Main Theme – Geek Music
‘Tell me you genuinely love your work without telling me you love your job,’ one commenter said, using a red heart emoji.
The Microsoft Education TikTok account also commented, adding, she triumphs! Please give this prize to her with a trophy and sparkling emoji.
Carol Aebersold set up a pixie elf in their house and informed her three children that the elf would keep an eye on their conduct leading up to Christmas and report back to Santa Claus, which inspired the “Elf on the Shelf” narrative.
Aebersold and Chanda Bell published “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition” little over 30 years later, with illustrations by Co Steinwart. In 2005, the book and Scout Elf toy were released in Marietta, Georgia.