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Texas teachers’ viral TikTok dance videos share positive content for young people

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Meet PB&J, as they are called on TikTok – or Miss Beall and Miss Johnson, as their fourth and fifth year students call them.

Payton Beall (PB) and Taylor Johnson (J) are elementary school teachers in North Texas.

They met in their mid-twenties and became best friends.

After being paired up for student recess, the teachers quickly realized they had a common passion for dance.

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In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, Beall, 25, said she grew up dancing competitively and was on the high school cheerleading squad.

Payton Beall (left) and Taylor Johnson Brown (she recently married) met during recess at the school where they teach – and quickly became friends after realizing their mutual love of dance
(Payton Beal)

Johnson, 27, also grew up dancing and continued her professional career, spending four years as the world-class cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys.

With over 261,000 TikTok followers at the time of this report, the female dancer’s career on social media has taken off.

“I think you were just born with the passion.”

“Every Friday we would film a dance, and that’s kind of how our TikTok career took off,” Beall said.

“[It’s] how we became so close – through our love of dancing and our love of teaching.”

The teachers both went to college to earn degrees in education – and always knew teaching was for them.

“I think we both always knew we wanted to be teachers,” Johnson said.

“I think you were just born with the passion.”

For Beall, observing her grandmother, a teacher,’s commitment to education has been inspiring.

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“Just seeing her day in and day out, and how hard she worked and how much she loved those kids, I thought to myself that no other job could be so rewarding,” she said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown them a curve ball, they said.

The young women’s friendship grew as they helped each other through difficult times as teachers during the pandemic.

The two women from Texas use TikTok as a positive outlet for their energy and messages outside of teaching.

The two women from Texas use TikTok as a positive outlet for their energy and messages outside of teaching.
(Payton Beal)

“Teaching is really hard, especially in recent years with COVID and virtual teaching,” Johnson said.

Elementary teachers have stuck together through tough times while trying to push positivity to their students.

“Taylor and I understood very quickly [that] we are very happy people.”

They offer each other a balance as professionals and best friends.

Johnson recently got married – and both young women remain committed to their students and creating great dance moves.

Texas-based teachers want to bring positivity and upbeat, clean content to young TikTok users, they told Fox News Digital.

Texas-based teachers want to bring positivity and upbeat, clean content to young TikTok users, they told Fox News Digital.
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Johnson said, “I know for me, when Peyton came along, it was like, OK, here’s someone who can be my Energizer bunny when I’m down, and vice versa.”

When asked if their students had seen the viral videos, Johnson said they had — and that’s the point.

These two elementary school teachers from North Texas have gone viral on TikTok for their catchy dances. "We are happy people," they said.

These two elementary school teachers from North Texas have gone viral on TikTok for their catchy dances. “We are happy people,” they said.
(Payton Beal)

“They’re at that age where they’re on social media, and they see these TikTok videos. And not all TikTok videos are suitable for a nine-year-old,” Johnson said.

Teachers hope that just one interaction with their kid-friendly video can help improve the TikTok algorithm for their students and other influential kids of the same age.

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The two ultimately hope to just bring joy to the social media platform.

“Taylor and I understood very quickly [that] we’re very happy people,” Beall said.

“Sometimes it’s just too much energy – so it was a great outlet to bring us joy.”