Angie Martinez Tracks Down "Handshake Teacher" Salutes Him Live On Air

Angie Martinez had her team track down 5th grade teacher Barry White, Jr. in order for her to formally salute him for the amazing work he's doing with his students.

When asked about how he came up with the idea, Mr. White tells Angie:

"It was really just for my kids, trying to bring some joy to them and build that trust...after that somebody recorded it and it blew up.  It has been so overwhelming, it has overwhelmed me with joy and the kids too."

He also tells Angie how he came up with a different handshake for each one of the kids and how each student helped him put it together.

On other teachers adopting his idea, he says he's honored since it's all about the students, getting close to them and earning their trust. "I hope everyone does it around the world" he says.

Mr. White went viral after a video of him surfaced which showed that he has a different handshake for each of his students which he does as they walk into class everyday to pump up that energy for class.

We need more teachers like him.  We salute you Mr. White.

Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez is recognized as one of the most influential personalities in popular culture and multi-media. Originally known as “The Voice of New York,” Angie’s nearly 20 years of on-air hosting experience has led her to become the media... Read more


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