Some teachers will do whatever it takes to make sure their students succeed. Such was the case with Professor Sydney Engelbert, a psychology teacher at Hebrew University and Ono Academic College. A young mother had brought her son into class with her, but the child soon became restless. His mother was embarrassed and started to leave the classroom, but Engelbert did what any nice person would do and simply picked the child up and comforted him.
It's not uncommon for students to bring their babies to Engelbert's class. He has said that there are usually one or more babies in his classes every week. According to Engelbert's daughter, "The way he sees the concept of getting education is not only learning the dry facts that you need to learn in class, but also learning values." There's no doubt that this professor truly goes above and beyond to help his students.
Professor Engelbert isn't the only professor with a child-friendly approach to teaching.
When single mother Amanda Osbon brought her young son with her to a 3-hour lecture at DeVry University in Nashville, the child became restless after sitting still for so long. Her professor was very understanding, saying "If he needs to get up, it's okay." After that, the child walked right up to the professor, and the professor simply picked him up and continued teaching.
Yet another professor, this one at University of Louisville, saw a need and stepped up to the plate. On the day of the final exam, one of his students had a babysitter cancel on her. Rather than skipping the test, she brought her two young children with her to school, along with a tablet to keep them occupied. Her professor then took the time to hang out with the kids, keeping them quiet while their mom finished her test.
These professors show that they're willing to go above and beyond in order to help their students succeed.
It's not just little humans that benefit from the help of teachers!
This teacher found an abandoned kitten on her way into school, and so, naturally, brought the kitten into school with her. She even held the cat while teaching (although we're willing to bet her students were probably paying more attention to her feline friend than to the lecture).
Jen Sculley is yet another teacher who feels that her job goes far beyond the classroom. A physical education teacher in Denver Colorado, Sculley donated one of her kidneys to a student in need. In exchange for the kidney, Sculley says she expects nothing except for the student to have a "good, long life."
Teachers at Whitney Achievement Elementary School in Tennessee show their students every day that they're willing to go the extra mile. A group of five teachers walk their students home every single day. Not only do the kids make it home safe, but these dedicated teachers also get the opportunity to meet up with their students' parents and give them updates on their child's progress.
Sonya Romero is another incredibly selfless teacher. In her kindergarten classroom, Romero spends the first hour of the school day making sure her students all have breakfast to eat, clean clothes to wear and brushed teeth. When two of her former students were taken from their home by Child Protective Services, she volunteered to take them in without a second thought. Romero recognizes that being a teacher is so much more than taking attendance and administering tests. "Being a teacher is being an advocate, being an agent for their change and to help them in any way that they need," she told CNN.