Twenty first-graders at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School made their debut on the Ellen DeGeneres show Thursday afternoon.

Twenty Elmer Wolfe Elementary School first-graders and teacher Carlie Flanders made their debut on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday afternoon.

Flanders and students in her class received a surprise on Wednesday when what they expected to be a Skype video chat call from a producer of the show ended up being a call from DeGeneres herself.


"I was so surprised and so happy," Flanders said excitedly in a phone interview Thursday. "Words can't even describe how I felt. I am Ellen's biggest fan; I watch her show every single day."

The class was also surprised by Jeannie Klisiewicz, part of the show's staff, who presented Elmer Wolfe Elementary with a $20,000 check and Flanders with a $10,000 check.

"I'm going to use the money to move out of my parents' house in Mount Airy to buy a condo," Flanders said.

Flanders said she enjoys the comedian because of her kind nature and happy demeanor.

"She doesn't have to be mean to be funny," she said.

Flanders attended a live taping of the show over spring break with her mother. After the show, she chatted with the show's producers who liked her, said Tracy Belski, principal of Elmer Wolfe.

"They showed interest in me and I was really excited," Flanders said.

When they called Belski to ask whether she would be OK with a surprise taping at the school for the Ellen show, Belski said she couldn't pass up the opportunity to participate.

Belski said she kept the visit a secret from Flanders and her students to make the TV appearance that much more special.

Flanders wasn't the only one who got excited by the surprise visit from the TV host.

"My students went crazy!" Flanders said. "Although I don't think they understood what happened until after."

Flanders said her students were talking all day Thursday about watching the show, which aired at 4 p.m. Thursday.



Watch Elmer Wolfe Elementary on 'Ellen'