The Atlanta-based educator, who has an eponymous academy in the Georgia capitol, first came to the Internet’s attention in 2008, when his students put together a “Rock the Vote”-style video called “You Can Vote However You Like,” set to the tune of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like.”
Clark’s at it again this week: A video of him dancing alongside his students that was posted on Sunday has already notched over 2.5 million views on Facebook.
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Clark, who won the National Teacher of the Year award for his work in a Harlem, New York, school, operates the private, non-profit Ron Clark Academy from a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in South Atlanta. The school teaches kids grades five through eight, who must adhere to 55 rules, including shaking hands, maintaining eye contact and answering questions in complete sentences. (They also have to be “slide-certified,” in case you think it’s all work and no play at the RCA.)
“I wanted to create a school where you could feel the spirit, wanted kids to walk into this school and say, ‘I love coming here,’ ” Clark told CBS News last March. “If you’ve got individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of kids, they’re going to be successful.”