This Professor Held A Student’s Baby During A Lecture When He Couldn’t Find Childcare
Teachers do some pretty amazing things!
Sometimes, life with kids is hard — especially when you’re trying to make money, better yourself and bring up your baby at the same time.
That’s why we all need professors like math teacher Dr. Nathan Alexander from Morehouse College. During a recent class, he offered to wear a student’s child so that the student, Wayne Hayer, could take notes uninterrupted.
The heartwarming situation was first publicized by another student on social media. Hayer came to class one Friday with his daughter Assata, unable to find a sitter. Before starting the class, Alexander offered to take the baby. Not only did he carry her for the duration of the 50-minute class, but the professor wore her for 15–20 minutes after the class while he answered student questions.
Alexander, who is not a father himself, had noticed that Hayer often had to leave early from office hours to take care of his daughter. According to Buzzfeed News, he told Hayer to bring his daughter to class if needed.
“This is what we do as teachers,” he told Buzzfeed News.
Fellow student Nick Vaughn posted this image of his baby-wearing instructor:
Student came to class today with his child due to no babysitter or anybody to watch her while he was in class.
My professor NATHAN ALEXANDER said “I’ll hold her so you can take good notes!” #HBCU #morehouse #Respect pic.twitter.com/oogIqetseS
— TheOriginal™ (@Original_Vaughn) March 1, 2019
Naturally, the image went viral and, to date, the tweet has 333,000 favorites and 82,000 retweets. Also, plenty of supportive messages poured in from users like @jkyles10.
When she grows up to be a world-famous mathematician we’ll know why.
— Feminazgûl (@jkyles10) March 1, 2019
Some people shared examples of other teachers doing similar things. Here’s one from user @brittanyhahn_:
one of my very favorite professors at UC pic.twitter.com/NtabzsA03c
— Brittney Hahn (@brittneyhahn_) March 2, 2019
And another from user @kraekerc:
Yes! Teachers do that for their Ss. Memories from t/ summer in t/ Dominican Republic working w/ #TMA2018 (#TeacherMentorsAbroad) a colleague @sbruyns held the baby of one of the teachers at the conference so she could participate w/ her group. Gotta love leaders like this. pic.twitter.com/dv4U335TjC
— Cliff Kraeker (@kraekerc) March 2, 2019
The professor responded to this praise via his own Twitter, at @professornaite:
Wow! Thank you, everyone. 🙏🏾 #CommunityMatters
— nathan alexander (@professornaite) March 3, 2019
Even the little girl’s mother weighed in on Facebook:
The president of Morehouse College said his piece, too:
— David Thomas (@ProfThomas) March 1, 2019
Happy spring break to all the hard-working instructors who make such accommodations for their students as part of their job!