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Teacher lovingly called 'everyone's white mom' by student finds out the wholesome reason behind it

The teacher shares a funny incident where a student made her feel as if all her efforts towards the children were worthwhile.

Teacher lovingly called 'everyone's white mom' by student finds out the wholesome reason behind it
Representative Cover Image Source: (L) Pexels | Max Fischer; (R) Reddit | u/Natylit

According to statistics shared by We Are Teachers, 98% of the population believes that a good teacher is crucial for a positive outcome in life. Being a teacher is a huge responsibility, as other than parents, they have the biggest influence on children. The way they behave and treat the students shapes the beliefs and tendencies that kids will carry forward with them into their own adult lives. u/Natylit understands this and takes her duties towards the profession very seriously. She tries to function with empathy and love so that her students follow the same ideals in their lives. All her students adore her for the love and warmth that she shows to them. The teacher felt the affection her students carry for her at a recent incident, which shared about on Reddit.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Ivan Samkov
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Ivan Samkov

The woman, a middle school teacher, primarily teaches students of color and is very open with them as she tries to be their home away from home. All her efforts seem to have been successful, as on a visit to the after-school art club, one girl literally called her "mom!" 

As she and the teachers exchanged a warm hug, she tld her friends, "See! I told you! Ms. X has the sweetest personality - she's like my white mom!" This surprise nickname gave the teacher a chuckle, but also meant so much more. 

The main takeaway that was the most satisfying for her was that the girl considered her a 'mother-like' figure. She felt elated that the students she had been investing in were growing to be empathetic and loving individuals.

In her own words, "Moments like this are why I love to teach middle school." The impact she can have on students makes all the hard work worthwhile. To further spread the happiness she had received from the girl, the teacher asked other teachers to share funny incidents that made their day.

Image Source: Reddit/u/boggartslayer2
Image Source: Reddit/u/boggartslayer2

u/discordany shared how other students came through for them at lunch, "Today, it was my student's reaction to me forgetting my lunch. Was debating whether to just buy school lunch (kids get it free but staff pays) or to try to get to a restaurant off campus and back in time. Kiddos who typically give me a hard time immediately offered to smuggle me sandwiches so I didn't have to pay."

Image Source: Reddit/u/mcabeeaug20
Image Source: Reddit/u/mcabeeaug20

u/BigChiefJoe shares how listening to his students led to a fun-filled day for him, "We just had a 'BBQ Dad' day as part of homecoming, and several of my classes BEGGED me to dress up. I came with a bunch of dumb dad jokes ready, a ridiculous Hawaiian shirt, and sandals with socks... I had a lot of fun that day."

Editor's note: This article was originally published on October 6, 2023. It has since been updated.

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