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Holy smokes! A follow-up on math teacher’s fire drill proposal

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Fire fighter Eric Estep proposes to Northwest math teacher, Jessica Smith, during  a mock-fire drill on Nov. 17 2016. The couple's wedding is currently set for Nov. 2018.

Fire fighter Eric Estep proposes to Northwest math teacher, Jessica Smith, during a mock-fire drill on Nov. 17 2016. The couple's wedding is currently set for Nov. 2018.

Fire fighter Eric Estep proposes to Northwest math teacher, Jessica Smith, during a mock-fire drill on Nov. 17 2016. The couple's wedding is currently set for Nov. 2018.

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Nov. 17 2016. The incessant noise of the fire alarm drones over Northwest’s halls, accompanied by the clamor of students as they rush out of their fifth period classes.  What students and many faculty members suspected to be one of the school’s required monthly fire drills turned out to be a pivotal moment in math teacher Jessica Smith and, then-boyfriend, Eric Estep’s relationship.

Looking back a year later, Smith admitted that there isn’t a thing she would have changed about the proposal.

“I think it was pretty perfect,” Smith said, “I sometimes wish I could’ve gone home after. I remember when I was [outside] taking pictures, there was a moment when I was like, “dang I have to go back to class. I can’t teach right now! I’m just so excited,” but even coming back to sixth period and talking to everybody was fun.”

Since their engagement, plans for the wedding have been underway. With the date set for Nov. 2018, the location picked, and their wedding plan finalized and nearly completely paid for, Smith claims that it is all smooth sailing from here.

“We’re actually planning a small intimate ceremony. It’s turning into a three day bash. For everybody coming in for the ceremony, we’ll have a welcome party at our house on Thursday, a small ceremony and dinner on Friday, and then on Saturday, there will be our big reception with more people,” Smith said.

Despite the change in title, however, nothing has quite changed in the couple’s dynamic. Smith partially accredits this to the couple’s decision to live together prior to their engagement.

“We talk about it a lot,” Smith said. “People always say that things change when you’re married and it’s more stressful, but I think it’s because not everybody feels like it’s okay to live together before they get engaged or married.”

Smith and Estep are waiting nearly two years between their engagement and their wedding, which is something many couples refrain from doing, yet Smith states that they are “just enjoying the new title.”

“We felt like boyfriend-and-girlfriend was kind of childish for us because we knew that we wanted to be together forever so we’re enjoying the whole fiancé stage and wanted to do so before taking another step.”

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Holy smokes! A follow-up on math teacher’s fire drill proposal