Phil Murphy was the last person Fanny Meyers Hillers teacher Norma Hernandez expected to see Tuesday.
But in the New Jersey governor walked to surprise Hernandez -- an English as a second language teacher -- and her students on National Teacher Appreciation Day.
Hernandez, a teacher for nearly two decades, has received many awards including the Governor's Educator of the Year award and two Teacher of the Year awards.
Murphy honored Hernandez with a proclamation, which he read to her and her students.
"Because of Ms. Hernandez, thousands of students have a thirst for knowledge, a solid education and the inspiration to achieve and excel throughout life."
The governor recognized and commended Hernandez for "embodying the finest characteristics of the state's educators," he said.
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