NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey teacher saves the day – literally.
During the height of the pandemic, he struggled to get kids to show up in virtual classes, and that’s how he started a trend that made him a full-time superhero.
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His superpowers at TikTok get kids into the classroom.
Newark art teacher Tim Carr started the pandemic with hardly anyone showing up for virtual class until he remembered when kids at Avon Elementary School were personally distracted with that thing called TikTok on their phones.
The comic book lover decided to try it out.
“I’ve seen all of the cosplayers and transformations and I said, you know what? My students are going to love this because some of the things have to do with some of the things they like,” Carr told Lisa Rozner of CBS2.
A year later he acquired more than 20 costumes.
Through hundreds of TikTok transformations, the personal and virtual participation of his students Pre-K to 8 is at the highest level.
The catch? Show up for class and you’ll see Carr’s superhero TikTok of the day.
“He’s my favorite teacher,” said second grade student Henry Avila.
“Mr. Carr inspired me to go to school,” said Tyler Yise, a second grade student.
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“You could make a character like him,” said second grade student Maki Beck.
Even students are encouraged to dress up.
“He was a great role model,” said eighth grade student Trevon Norris.
The headmaster even turned himself into Wonder Woman to let students know last month that they are personally welcome back.
“So we had a couple of kids, you could get a pillowcase and you could put it on your back and be a superhero too,” Principal Charity told Haygood. “In this world where we don’t control much, it’s great to be your own superhero.”
Even Rozner tried and turned into a ladybug for a TikTok video.
Soon Carr will have students with him.
“I want you to know this is your school, and while I’m portraying the superhero, I’m here to protect the school until you come back, until we can all get together,” he said.
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Therefore, he may not climb tall buildings in real life. Instead, it changes the children’s lives, something much more powerful.