One week after having her baby, new mom Sarah Thompson wanted to go back to school.
But, naturally, balancing a new baby and classes can be difficult, so Dr. Josie Ryan, a math professor at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., encouraged Thompson to bring her child, Isaiah, to class.
In a post submitted to the Love What Matters Facebook page, Thompson explains:
"This is my Math professor Dr. Josie Ryan with my son; she's amazing. She knows I worked and continued school at USC while pregnant this past semester. I started her class the week before I had my son in August and started attending her class again the week after I had him. She knew I'd be overwhelmed so literally begged me to bring Isaiah to class and even showed me where the breastfeeding room in the health center was at Lander University. It's so reassuring to know there are professors out there like this. Not only is she an amazing person, she's also one of the best math professors I've ever had."
Thompson submitted her story alongside a photo of Dr. Ryan kindly holding Isaiah while reading from a book in front of the class. Thompson continues:
"She's brilliant really, wacky and the best kind of nerdy.. the kind I can relate to lol. But hey! Maybe the world needs more of these teachers! Hopefully this post will encourage other educators or moms or pregnant/working women who are students to ask for help. She's encouraged me constantly and I've brought him to our Real Analysis class multiple times now. He'll cut the cheese and make the class giggle from time to time but we still get down to some serious math in there. I am in a perfect world when I am learning math in college with my baby right next to me or in my teachers arms. She taught like this; holding him the whole first class I brought him to."
The post has garnered an incredible amount of attention: so far, it has nearly 130 thousand likes, over 11 thousand shares, and 1.5 thousand comments.
"The world needs more educators, hell it needs more people like this! Respect to Sarah's math teacher, she's an awesome human being," one Facebook user commented.
Other comments feature inspiring stories from other teachers and mothers who have done the same. Altogether, this is proof that a small act of kindness or understanding will never be forgotten.