Twinsburg kindergarten teacher shares memories of 'Ellen Show' appearance

April Helms
Akron Beacon Journal
MoNique Waters starts each morning with a daily affirmation for her kindergarten students. A video of one of her affirmations went viral and caught the attention of those involved with "The Ellen Show."

It started out as a posted video that went viral and ended with an appearance on "The Ellen Show" for a Twinsburg City Schools kindergarten teacher.

"I posted a video of me doing my daily affirmations on social media," said MoNique Waters, who starts each class with an energetic greeting for her students. "The video went viral, and someone from 'The Ellen Show' contacted me, so it happened from there."

However, she did not know she would be making a video appearance on the show until she was actually on air. The segment appeared Feb. 19 on WKYC (Channel 3).

Waters realized she was appearing on the national daytime talk show when she heard Stephen "tWitch" Boss, "The Ellen Show's" DJ, say, "Hi MoNique!"

"I've watched the show, I knew who tWitch was," Waters said. "Then, having Tiffany Haddish on there was really exciting. I've read her book and watched several of her movies."

During her television appearance, Waters was asked five trivia questions in a game called "Cash at Your Classroom," with the chance to win $1,000 for each question answered correctly. Waters aced this competition and answered all five to earn $5,000, which was later bumped to $10,000. 

"That was fun," Waters said. "I'll definitely try to figure out something fun to do with my students. The contest and money were a nice surprise."

Waters, who grew up in Bedford, said this is her first year teaching at Wilcox Primary School. She came to the Twinsburg schools from the Highland Local School District, where she taught for seven years.

"I always knew I wanted to do something with children," Waters said. "I've always had fun with them. I worked at a day care my senior year in high school, and from that I knew I wanted to be a teacher. As I kid, I loved playing school. It was something that happened naturally."

Waters still does her daily affirmations with her classes, reinforcing that her young pupils are amazing and capable.

"It's just a way to encourage them and make them feel good," Waters said. "I feel our words have power, and I want to teach my students to say good things about themselves."

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MoNique Waters, a kindergarten teacher with the Twinsburg City Schools, recently appeared on "The Ellen Show" after a video of her giving a daily affirmation to her class went viral. Waters also was given a trivia quiz, and won $10,000 total.
MoNique Waters is a kindergarten teacher at Wilcox Primary School in Twinsburg. Recently, a video taken of one of her daily affirmations went viral and caught the attention of some who work with "The Ellen Show."