Second-grade teacher Dorothy Mallari included the line: "I just took an ELA test / Turns out I’m 100 percent that smart"

By Helen Murphy
November 08, 2019 09:10 AM

A Bay Area teacher is using Lizzo‘s chart-topping hit “Truth Hurts” to inspire her class of elementary school students.

According to NBC Bay Area, Dorothy Mallari, a second-grade teacher at Los Medanos Elementary in Pittsburg, California, taught her kids a remixed version of the song that includes new PG lyrics encouraging the students to be a good friend, share with others and do their homework.

The full song was featured in a video on the Pittsburg Unified School District’s Facebook page earlier this week and had more than 6,000 likes as of Friday morning.

“Let’s be great / ‘Cause I know we are great,” the students sing in the adorable clip, as Mallari dances on a table. “I just took an ELA test / Turns out I’m 100 percent that smart / Yeah I got math problems / That’s the student in me,” Mallari’s lyrics went.

On Wednesday, the video caught the attention of Lizzo herself.

“Ur right.. this IS the best thing I’ve watched today,” the 31-year-old musician wrote on Twitter, alongside a heart-eyes emoji. Lizzo even sent the class a sweet video message on Friday’s episode of Good Morning America, telling the students they are “100 percent the future.”

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Mallari, 32, told KTVU that she chose the song because she “liked the beat.”

“Once this came on, they started grooving to it,” she explained to NBC Bay Area. “And I thought okay, they’re already loving it.”

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According to the KTVU, the elementary school teacher teaches her class a new song each year, with lyrics that reflect their “classroom culture.” Last year, she put a twist on a Drake tune.

“I didn’t think I’d have that impact, we just try to make learning fun here,” Mallari told NBC Bay Area of her newfound viral fame, adding, “This wasn’t a show, this was us every day.”

“Truth Hurts” became Lizzo’s first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this year, and the singer and professional flutist even dressed up as the song for Halloween in a clever, hand-made costume.

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