High School receptionist wows with remix of Etta James classic ‘At Last’ over PA system on last day

Never underestimate the talent that may beneath a smile.

Reginald Ballard, a receptionist at North Lincoln High School delighted colleagues and students when she showed off her hidden talent to celebrate the last day of school before summer break.

Watch and listen:

Posted to Ballard’s Facebook page on Wednesday, the last day of school at the North Carolina high school where she works, the video above shows her serenading her students with a remix of Etta James’ classic song “At Last.” And wouldn’t you know it, she can really sing!

“I love my job, y’all, but I look forward to summers when I can spend time with my grands and family, sooo… here it is… At Last!!!” she wrote as a caption on the Facebook post.

By Saturday morning the post had already accrued 188,000 views and climbing, not to mention dozens of reports from news outlets across the country. Ballard never even saw it coming.

“We were just goofing around, I thought some teachers would see it and that was going to be the end of it. I’m always looking for ways to make people smile,” she said to Boston station WHDH.

She added that she came up with the idea after hearing about another school receptionist who had recorded a rap: “I said, ‘I cannot rap, but I’ll try to come up with something for you,.'”

The receptionist Ballard referred to was probably a Tennessee high school receptionist who hit the mic early last summer to share a special message with any teachers who hadn’t left for summer break yet.


“Jumpin’ to the parking lot we go, smiles on our face ‘cause we are headin’ home! Hallways — if there are no kids inside, hoop and holler with all your might!” she rapped.

This trend of school officials using song and dance to connect with their students isn’t new. Not by a long shot. Just earlier this year an assistant principal in Tennessee recorded himself singing a rap song and posted it to Facebook. Why? To let students know that it was a snow day.


Two North Carolina teachers pulled the same stunt back in 2014. Except unlike the principal in Tennessee, who kept it modern by remixing a 50 Cent song, these two decided to go old school.

Listen as they remix the classic Vanilla Ice song “Ice Ice Baby”:

Their “talent” definitely isn’t on Ballard’s level, but that’s OK. So long as they touch students’ hearts and make a difference in their lives, it’s all good in the hood, yo!


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