“I thought, ‘What better way to show her how she inspired me to feel beautiful?’”
The last-minute hair sesh was totally worth it, though. “Her jaw dropped and she just stared at me,” Leigha said. “I told her, ‘You thought I was playing? We are going to be cute together!'”
“With my student's hair being similar to mine, I thought what better way to show her how she inspired me to feel beautiful with that same braided up-do hairstyle!” the educator added.
Twitter user J’Ardoin Janǽ recently discovered what Leigha had done and shared the heartwarming story in a tweet that’s already been liked more than 125,000 times.
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The story also served as a great reminder of why representation matters in the classroom.
Especially considering that school officials disproportionately punish black students, particularly girls, for wearing cornrows, box braids, Afros, and other black hairstyles.
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Shout out to those teachers making sure ALL their kids feel seen!!! Y’all are truly a gift.
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