Professor Goes Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty To Help A Student Who Couldn't Find A Sitter

"Being a single mom is so challenging but it’s people like Dr. Henry Musoma that make life just a tiny bit easier!"

It takes a village to raise children. And sometimes that village includes a college professor, who understands the demands of single motherhood.

Mom Ashton Robinson knows that all too well after her Texas A&M professor, Dr. Henry Musoma, stepped up to help her out when she couldn't find childcare the day she was due to give a presentation in his class.

"Today I emailed my professor before class saying that something came up and I didn't have a sitter for Emmett, and he called me back and said to please bring him!" the single mom of a 10-month old boy wrote in a Facebook post. "Being a single mom is so challenging, but it's people like Dr. Henry Musoma that make life just a tiny bit easier! THIS is why I'm so proud to be an Aggie!"


The photo, which accompanied the post, shows Dr. Musoma holding Emmett during Robinson's class presentation. It quickly went viral with more than 35,000 likes, and it wasn't long before Ellen DeGeneres took notice, and invited them on The Ellen Show.  

"You see the commitment. You see that she wants to do school," Musoma told DeGeneres.

Robinson added, "I thought that things were just doing downhill. I just recently became a single mom. So, I was depressed. I didn't know what to do, and he just completely turned around my year."

Dr. Musoma isn't the first professor to help a passionate student struggling with childcare.

Earlier this year, University of Tennessee professor, Sally Hunter, told her student Morgan King, a single mother, to bring her daughter, Korbyn, to class if need be. She went even further by offering to hold the baby girl while lecturing so that King could take notes and pay attention, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.

"In the future, if you are having trouble finding someone to watch Korbyn, feel free to just bring her with you to class," Professor Hunter wrote to King. "I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach, so that you can still pay attention to the class and take notes."

For Robinson, Dr. Musoma's kind gesture is something she will never forget.

" ... [I] can't wait to someday tell Emmett that it's because of people like this that mommy was able to graduate from the best university in the world," she wrote.

(H/T: HuffPost)


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