What could only be a total ‘Awwww…’ moment for a mom and student at Baylor University, Katy Humphrey, whose biochemistry professor, Dr. Darryn Willoughby, picked up and cradled her 4.5 month-old-baby while carrying out his 55-minute lecture.1
He saw little Millie making a fuss and thought of giving his student a helping hand after her baby-sitter suddenly cancelled on her.
Katy was relieved when Prof. Willoughby said he was alright with bringing Millie to class, Katy could learn and care for her daughter, without compromising her perfect attendance records. Moreover, Katy travels all the way to Waco, Texas, for class from her place in Salado, north of Austin.
This sort of dedication does not come without a deep reason.Katy’s passion roots from her years as a Marine working as a Pashto linguist and signals analyst. Wanting to pursue a degree in exercise physiology, she hopes to become a physical therapist, and feels the need to work with wounded warriors, after she heard her friends were hurt in Afghanistan.
With that belief in wanting to help people, Prof. Willoughby, is no less in that respect.
After many years of lectures under his belt, he said he did what he must to look out and take care of his students, besides improving their learning experience, as any teacher would. What’s more, he also has two little girls himself and knew what to do to keep Millie content.
So this way, Katy was relaxed as Millie seemed to be enjoying all eyes on her as Prof. Willoughby carried her around, while taking the class. Although, she’d always kick when he started to talk, Katy said that meant that Millie either liked him or didn’t like him, as a joke.
At the end of the day it shows us that learning need not be just the class we attend but also one as fellow human beings and the relationship between a student and teacher, can also be one of friendship.
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