KAYSVILLE -- It was a normal eighth-grade health class at Centennial Junior High a few weeks ago as student-teacher Heather Sabin presented a lesson about self-esteem.
Normal soon changed as Sabin's boyfriend, Heath Bryant, who had flown in from Washington, casually walked in and kneeled down in front of her with a ring.
As the class gasped, Bryant said he wanted to ask Sabin a question, but couldn't think of what to say. So he asked the class for help.
Bryant proceeded with a Mad Lib-type activity, asking the class for various adjectives, facial features and emotions.
Once he had a list of words compiled by the class, he prepared to pop the question.
Back down on one knee, he turned back to Sabin and said, "From the very first moment that I 'tripped over' you, I've loved you. Every time I look into your 'nose' I get all 'rough' inside, and whenever you touch my 'pinkie' my heart starts to do 'yoga'," said Bryant, finally leading into the big question. "With all of the 'ecstatic-ness' I possess, I'm asking you to be my 'stepmother'."
Once the chuckles from the classroom died down, Bryant asked whether Heather would be his wife. She responded with a resounding yes.
Sabin, of Kaysville, said she was shocked to see Bryant at her classroom.
"When I first realized what was happening, I got really nervous and was kind of speechless," Sabin said. "I had wanted to answer with something clever, but in the moment, 'Yes' was the only thing that came to mind."
Sabin said she was also surprised to notice one of her male students wipe his eye afterward.
He said it was one of the most romantic things he has ever seen.
Bryant has been traveling to Utah monthly to visit her. On the day of the proposal, he spent an hour during first period hiding from Sabin in the school's office, trying to memorize the lines he had written. But Bryant was nervous that words weren't sticking well.
Bryant admitted the proposal wasn't as smooth as he envisioned it, but it was certainly unique.
"I have a sense of humor, and she really likes things that are off the wall and incongruent. I intended it to be sweet, but nonsensical and fun, for both of us," Bryant said.
Sabin said she now has a one-of-a-kind story to share as the couple prepares for the wedding in July.
The school was more than happy to accommodate Bryant's plans.
"We were really thrilled to hear this was happening, and the kids thought it was really amazing. Even some of the boys got googly-eyed over the whole thing," said Principal Aaron Hogge.