October 03, 2019
A college biology professor went viral after she volunteered to carry her student's baby on her back during her 3-hour lecture so that the mother could focus and take notes.
When a Georgia college student couldn't find a babysitter in time for school, she brought her child with her as she was eager to learn. As she joined her biology class, her professor volunteered to carry the baby while teaching anatomy.
Photos and videos of her kind gesture soon went viral, and it was discovered that the kind professor turned out to be Ramata Sissoko Cisse, an assistant professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College at the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville.
It turns out, one of her students called her late at night the day before her class to let her know that her babysitter was sick. Not being able to find one to replace her, she would have to bring her baby to class.
The professor, a mother-of-three herself, gave her the go signal to bring her child in. According to Cisse, carrying the child on her back was something she was more than willing to do.
"For her to trust me made me feel like I had to help. It's like a moral responsibility."
However, the mom ended up having a hard time in class as her baby kept moving. The student was unable to write down her notes as she had to hold her son down. When Cisse noticed this, she asked her student to hand her the baby.
In the end, she improvised by getting a white lab coat that she tied to her back, carrying the baby. The baby soon after fell asleep and stayed quiet for the rest of the class. More than that, Cisse was able to use the baby as a learning aid, incorporating his presence into the lesson, talking about the nervous system, brain function, and metabolism.
During the professor's interview, she shares that the student e-mailed her after class to thank her for her kind gesture, and she wrote back: "You're welcome, I'll always be there for you," to which the student replied, "I know."
The two words that her student wrote back meant a lot to her, as it reminded her why she teaches in the first place.
"I teach because they need to be prepared for life."
Many of Cisse's students end up with health professions, and while teaching them science is important, she understands there's more to life than just that.
"Love and compassion are part of the philosophy of my classroom. I'm hoping they can spread love, take it to other people who need it."
Indeed, there are many teachers who go out of the way to make sure their students learn, as just like Ramata, a teacher named Melissa took the extra mile to help her disabled student feel included.
During the school's music festival, all her students were ready to dance except a little boy who has trouble walking.
However, Melissa wanted all her pupils to feel included in the dance, so she decided to tie the young boy's legs to her own so that he would be able to dance. She used her own body as support so that he could enjoy with his classmates.
Indeed, the little boy twirled, stomped, and danced along to the songs like the rest of his classmates, and it was all thanks to the kindness and compassion shown by his teacher.
With educators as kind and compassionate as Dr. Cisse and Melissa, the future is in good hands as they're grooming the youth to treat others the same as they have.