College Professor Lauded for Holding Baby for Student During Class

A Morehouse College educator is receiving lots of accolades after he volunteered to hold a student’s baby so the student could take notes.

Thanks to professor Nathan Alexander’s small act of kindness, Wayne Hayer — who brought his 5-month-old daughter to algebra class because he didn’t have a babysitter — was able to keep up with his studies as midterm exams approach.

“I was nervous to go to class,” Hayer, a senior majoring in kinesiology, told CNN. “Morehouse is an all-male college and seeing me with a baby strapped to me would make all eyes be on me.”

But having no other choice, Hayer gathered the courage to walk into the room, where he explained his predicament to Alexander.

Within seconds, Alexander had the problem solved, saying he’d hold the baby as he instructed class.

A photo showing Alexander with the child firmly strapped to his chest quickly went viral, prompting support for both student and teacher.

While one student wrote on Twitter that, “my professor NATHAN ALEXANDER said, ‘I’ll hold her so you can take good notes,” Morehouse College President David Thomas tweeted, “this is about #love and #commitment. Loving our students and being committed to removing any barrier to their pursuit of excellence.”

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