Professor Nathan Alexander holds student’s baby so he can take notes.
Author Michael Morpurgo once said: “It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.”
The statement is being solidified, thanks to a small act of kindness from a college professor in Georgia.
On Friday, Wayne Hayer walked into Professor Nathan Alexander’s algebra class at Morehouse College, only he didn’t go alone.
Hayer couldn’t find childcare for his 5-month-old daughter, Assata, and since he didn’t want to miss class with midterms drawing near, he decided she would get schooled too.
“I was nervous to go to class,” Hayer, a senior majoring in kinesiology, told CNN. “Morehouse is an all-male college and seeing me with a baby strapped to me would make all eyes be on me.”
But he mustered up the courage to walk into the room and explained the situation to Alexander.
Within seconds, the math professor had a fix.
“My professor NATHAN ALEXANDER said ‘I’ll hold her so you can take good notes,'” one student wrote on Twitter.
Thanks to the tweet, and other posts from students, Professor Alexander is being praised on social media.
Hundreds flocked to the teacher’s social media page to thank him.
One person wrote, “You give me faith in humanity and men. You’re my hero. I might even try to learn math again.”
The professor is even being praised by the college’s president.
“This is about #love and #commitment. Loving our students and being committed to removing any barrier to their pursuit of excellence,” David Thomas wrote on Twitter.
While all eyes are on Alexander and his good deed, he told CNN the real focus should be on Hayer’s hard work and dedication to his studies.
“Part of my role and goal as (an) educator is to provide opportunities for students,” he said. “He works two jobs, is a full-time student, is involved in leadership programs at school and is a parent. This photo serves as a reminder of what parents have to do every day and how important it is to have affordable childcare.”