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Lake Stevens teacher & viral TikToker featured on inauguration special

Mackenzie Adams stole the hearts of many with her viral teaching TikTok videos, and Wednesday night, she got to be a part of the inauguration special, "Celebrating America."

The Glenwood Elementary kindergarten teacher introduced Seattle's own Foo Fighters for their performance of "Times Like These" after a message from the President thanking the hardworking teachers who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.

"It's been a difficult year for our students, and I'm so proud of all the teachers, parents and students across the country who have adapted and made the best out of a tough time," Adams said, standing in front of the Seattle skyline.

Adams got a shoutout from the Foo Fighers' Dave Grohl as well.

"Mackenzie Adams reminds me of another outstanding teacher who holds a very special place in my heart - my mother, Virginia, who was a public school teacher for 35 years. Like Mackenzie and Dr. Jill Biden, she was also a mentor to her students, remembered long after their graduation. This year, our teachers were faced with unprecedented challenges. But through dedication and creativity, they faced those challenges head-on," he said before performing.

"Celebrating America" concluded a day of events commemorating the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, and featured a star-studded lineup with performances including Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, Tim McGraw and Ant Clemons.

In case you somehow have not heard of Adams before now, she posted a quick video on TikTok during a math lesson back in September and immediately went viral — the video now has more than 14 million views.

We got to chat with her about that viral TikTok, her whirlwind experience after and her love of teaching. Check out that interview here.