A professor at Morehouse College went above and beyond his job description when one of his students brought their daughter to class on Friday.
Student Nick Vaughn captured photos of his professor Nathan Alexander with a classmate’s baby girl strapped to him. He shared them on Facebook and Twitter.
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On Facebook, he wrote:
Came to class today ready to learn and start March off on a good note preparing for Midterms at Morehouse College next week, to my surprise we had an unexpected special guest in class today.
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 Nathan Alexzander(Morehouse College) said, “No problem, in fact I will even hold her so you can take better notes in class.” And he did, in fact not only did he teach the entire lecture with the child in his arms but also stayed after class helping those with questions about today’s lecture with the child still in his arms as seen in the pictures.
Morehouse College is an all-male HBCU in Atlanta, Georgia, where father and student Wayne Hayer attends, CNN reports.
Hayer was nervous about bringing his daughter to algebra class, but with midterms approaching, he didn’t want to miss it.
Hayer, a senior kinesiology major, said:
“I was nervous to go to class. Morehouse is an all-male college and seeing me with a baby strapped to me would make all eyes be on me.”
However, thanks to his professor, things went better than expected.
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
According to CNN, Alexander said:
“…part of my role and goal as educator is to provide opportunities for students. We work to build a community in class.”
Further, Alexander told CNN that baby Assata was well-behaved and that they “enjoyed having her energy in class.”
Although the professor has been receiving a lot of praise, he took a moment to shine a light on Hayer.
“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.”
Vaughn’s Facebook post of Alexander and Assata has gained over 2,000 shares and 6,000 reactions. Further, his Twitter post currently has over 75,000 retweets and over 306,500 likes.