Students help celebrate their principal’s retirement with flash mob

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EASTLAKE- The end of the school year can be an emotional time and the emotions were flowing at one Lake County School for a beloved principal. The students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Eastlake first had a special song and dance for their principal, Mr. Tim Hamman. Then, they surrounded him in a flash mob, all because he is retiring.

Mr. Hamman has been an educator for 35 years. The last six years were spent as principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary.

He is known for always putting the students first. But, today the spotlight was on him.

“I would say the biggest highlight is when I hear from parents or from children years down the road that have said 'you made a difference,'” he said.

Fifth grader Juliana Gamiere has had Mr. Hamman as a principal since she was in kindergarten. “I think he’s done a good job being a principal because he's very caring. He’s kind and he doesn’t yell very much, “she said.

Mr. Hamman said he was totally surprised since the last day of school is not until Wednesday. He is still deciding the next chapter in his life.

"I will miss the children. I’ll miss the hugs; I’ll miss their joy," he added.