Raising tiny humans is one of the most rewarding jobs out there. But it’s also really hard, especially when you have other responsibilities to juggle.
As any parent knows all too well, finding a babysitter is never guaranteed, which makes it hard to get to class. Mom of three Ramata Sissoko Cisse, an assistant professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, certainly understands the struggles of parenthood. That’s why she always has her students’ backs.
Recently, Ramata received a late-night phone call from one of her students asking if the student could bring her baby to class the next day. The woman’s babysitter was out sick, and she couldn’t find anyone else to step in. Ramata quickly agreed.
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During class, the little boy was restless, making it hard for his mom to take notes. So Ramata said, “Hand me the baby.” But she ran into the same issue: She couldn’t hold him and write on the whiteboard. So the awesome educator got creative! She used a white lab coat to secure the child on her back then proceeded to teach the rest of her three-hour anatomy class.
It worked like a charm! The boy fell asleep and was quiet for the remainder of the time! Ramata even turned the sweet moment into a lesson, explaining that heat from her body made it easier for the baby to relax.
What an amazing act of kindness! But for Ramata, this was all in a day’s work. “For her to trust me made me feel like I had to help,” Ramata said. “It’s like a moral responsibility.”
Ramata’s daughter Anna shared a photo of the gesture on Twitter, writing, “Her student couldn’t find a babysitter today and being the true African mother that she is, taught a three-hour class with the baby on her back and fed him. I’m so blessed to be raised by a woman who loves the world as much as her own children.”
She isn’t the only one singing her mom’s praises! Many of Ramata’s current and former students chimed in to gush about their favorite professor.
As for Ramata, she’s simply hoping lessons like this one will teach her students to carry kindness and understanding into their future careers. “Love and compassion are part of the philosophy of my classroom,” she said. “I’m hoping they can spread love, take it to other people who need it.” What better mission could there be?
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