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Spartanburg County teacher receives surprise visit, proposal from Santa

Spartanburg teacher gets engaged. (December 21, 2017/FOX Carolina) Spartanburg teacher gets engaged. (December 21, 2017/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Santa made a visit to Rainbow Lake Middle School in Spartanburg County today - not for the students, but for a special seventh grade science teacher named Traci Thompson who was about to receive a Christmas surprise of a lifetime! 

The Santa suit disguised her boyfriend of 3 years, Chris Garrett, who was about to pop the question in the middle of their annual student versus faculty volleyball game.

As the game grew more intense, Garrett started feeling the nerves kick in as the time got closer.

"This is going to be a special moment, it's going to be amazing so she's going to be surprised nerves are a little torn up right now but it'll be good," Garrett said.

Moments later, the game volleyball game was interrupted by none other than Santa Clause himself.

Everyone cheered, including Traci, but it didn't take long for her to realize this particular Santa looked familiar.

"I looked and I told someone, that looks like Chris - and then he started talking," Thompson said.

Garrett had a very special announcement to make in front of the entire school.

"I have a very special gift to give to a very special person", he continued as everyone waited in anticipation. "So would Traci Thompson join me?"

As Traci made her way over to Chris the beard came off, the ring came out, and he got down on one knee to ask a very important question: "Will you marry me?"

The gym filled with cheers as Traci said, "Yes"! Traci said it was nothing like she expected.

"Chris is like a mild mannered kind of back of the crowd he's not this elaborate," he said. Garrett agreed, saying, "I'm not one to like to be in the lights like this".

The two were nothing but smiles, as Thompson held the ring out for everyone to see.

"I'm super excited nerves are shaking right now but I'm really excited," Garrett said. "I'm really happy she's the girl of my dreams, she's everything i could want."

As for the volleyball team Thompson joked, "I'm done - they can coach themselves!"

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