Sixth-grade-math teacher, Terrance Sims, in Milwaukee has created yet another empowering rap with his class that will get anyone in the mood to learn. He has captured the attention of the internet with this new encouragement video so much so that stars such as Jada Pinkett Smith, Dule Hill, and even the former First Lady, Michelle Obama have given rave reviews.

Sims, a teacher at Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, says that the rap, “Excellence First!” started out as a project for Sims himself to which his students quickly added to the original lyrics, quickly turning a project into an anthem.


Sims and his friend, who create videos in their spare time, decided to turn the song into a full-fledged music video, starring two of his students Aryn Fears and Savannah Patterson.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Sims says that, “I use hip-hop in my class because that’s the culture they represent.” In addition to GMA, Sims commented to The Huffington Post that, “I think the feedback, [of the video], is beautiful. It’s very nice to see celebrities in the hip-hop community appreciate the work.” However, he also commented that the most important purpose of the video is to teach people to “love themselves and love the art of learning.”

We couldn’t agree more! Check out the video and let us know what you think!

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