Professor Bruce Johnson holds student’s baby while teaching physics.

An A-State professor went well above the call of duty to help out a student, according to our content partner Region 8 News.

Kristen Black is a biology major at Arkansas State University, single mom raising an 8-month-old named Izzy and a student in Dr. Bruce Johnson’s Physics I class.

Professor Bruce Johnson has office hours to help his students get a better understanding of the class.

Black told Region 8 News she often cannot attend his study halls due to her motherly duties, however, she knew she needed to after struggling with some classwork.

“I have to pick her up so her babysitter can go to work, and the times are always conflicting,” Black said. “So, I asked if it is okay if I bring my baby and thought, worst case scenario, I can leave if she cries.”

To her surprise, Dr. Johnson immediately told Black to bring Izzy along for class.

Izzy soon became much more than a new student – she also became Dr. Johnson’s helper for the day.

During the study hall, he walked over to Black’s desk, picked Izzy up, and continued on with his lesson.

“She was just happy to play with the dry-erase markers while I was writing on the board,” Professor Bruce Johnson said. “She was such a joy and so sweet.”

Black took a picture of the moment, sharing it on social media because it ‘simply warmed her heart and reassured her of the support system she has through her college journey’, reports Region 8.

Since then, the picture has gained quite a bit of attention.

“To have him hold Izzy while he was teaching, while I was there being a student and a mom at the same time, it’s just awesome,” Black said.

“When I see students like Kristen as a mom trying to raise a family and go to school and follow her dreams to get an education she needs to support her family, I’m in awe,” Johnson said.

The professor said he is willing to add “babysitter” to his resume if it means he can see his students succeed.


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