Ellen Plays Best Prank Ever On Giving Elementary School Teacher
Cailyn Finkel 12/5/2018
Joe Dombrowski loves being an educator. There's something about shaping young minds, helping today's youth grasp the world around them, that fills his heart with joy.
Even though Mr. Dombrowski, fondly known as Mr. D, is all about making sure his students have every advantage in life, he couldn't resist the chance to have a little fun. That's when he devised a plan to give his students a super complicated fake spelling test.
He recorded himself giving the test - and boy, was the footage funny. So funny, in fact, that it caught the attention of the Master Prankster herself, Ellen DeGeneres.
Mr. D wasn't expecting for his clip to go completely viral. Before he knew it, millions of people from around the world were laughing along with his hilarious prank. Mr. D told NBC 25 Newsthat he was blown away by the response to the clip and was thrilled to have the chance to talk with Ellen on the phone:
"I woke up the next morning and there were a million views and then the next day there were 20 million views, and I have Ellen on the other line in a week so never did I ever think it would turn in to what I'm doing today."
Ellen later invited Mr. D on her program and played a hilarious prank on him - but eventually handed over a check for $10,000. Instead of spending that money on himself, the kindhearted teacher used that money to provide interactive technology for every classroom in his school.
This was just a small example of his compassionate nature. He told NBC 25 News that teaching is the most rewarding career in the world, not only for the students but for the network of incredible educators:
"I like to say teachers do the best work when we work with each other and there are so many teachers around the world sharing their craft to help other teachers get better and give the best to our students who are really why we are doing what we are doing."
Upon hearing that he donated the giant check, Ellen decided to invite Mr. D on her show for a second time. But rather than honor him for his continued good deeds, she knew she had to welcome him back with another prank. She "surprised" Mr. D by flying all of his students from their school in Michigan to her set in California.
But when the students came out, Mr. D noticed there was something very off...
After figuring out her hilarious prank, Ellen had a host of other good surprises for him. What a way to ring in the holiday season!