A math professor held a baby while lecturing when his student couldn’t find child care, and more of this, please
Today in “news that restores your faith in the world,” a professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia held a student’s baby for an entire math lecture so his student could focus entirely on his studies. The heartwarming moment was captured by another student, Nick Vaughn, who shared adorable photos on social media of the inspiring math teacher, Dr. Nathan Alexander, holding on to the little girl while lecturing. Alexander later told BuzzFeed News that the child belonged to his student Wayne Hayer, who he said often had to leave office hours early to take care of his daughter. Alexander encouraged the young dad to bring the little girl to class if he ever needed.
"As one of my peers walked into the classroom with his child in arms he quickly explained to my professor that he couldn’t find a babysitter and had nobody else that could watch her. [My professor] said, 'No problem, in fact I will even hold her so you can take better notes in class,'" fellow student Vaugh shared in a Facebook post. "It was this encounter that truly showed me the power and impact HBCU’s can have for the black community, for this professor to understand that life happens and sometimes there are just no ways around it."
The girl’s mother, Firda Amalia Hayer, also shared a sweet post on Facebook, thanking the community and her husband’s professor for their support.
"Seeing the outpouring of support from friends, family, and strangers for Assata and Wayne is a sight to behold. I can feel the genuine love and enthusiasm," she wrote. "We are new parents. Wayne works two jobs and is a full-time student. He's rarely at home because he's out there providing for us."
The professor was appreciative of all the support online after his gesture, but simply told BuzzFeed News, “This is what we do as teachers.” The world needs more Professor Alexanders.