Educators who work hard know that there is much more in their work than just teaching, perhaps explaining why a video clip of a Georgian teacher fixing the ponytail of her kindergarten during the gym class became enormously viral on Facebook with over three million views.
Two weeks ago, WG Nunn's elementary school teacher Kandice Anderson shared footage of physics professor Jonathan Oliver with young Kristen Paulk's hair in a ponytail at her request during a basketball game at the gym, Good Morning America, which has since won over 30,000 Likes and more than 400 shares on the social media platform.
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"When your work goes beyond teaching … #CoachO #LoveIt," Anderson has subtitled the sweet twenty-second clip of the Valdosta scene.
Although the small gesture has clearly marked the hearts of many, Oliver said at the outlet that he would never have expected the clip to have gained so much attention, nor even realized he had been filmed.
"It was shocking for me to get so much attention because we all do it," Oliver, father of three, told GMA. "We [teachers] I want to make them feel like they're at home and they love to stay here. "
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"We try to love each other as much as possible." For me, it was just a ponytail, "he added.
Likewise, Paulk's mom, Miyah Cleckley, told GMA that the delicious clip got its mark of approval.
"I always know that Kristen is in good hands with him," said Cleckley of the teacher, although it was not surprising that Paulk felt safe enough to ask him for his hair.
"I thought it was really nice because her father makes a lot of hair, we have five girls and a son, so when I work I have to collect the weight of my hair," he explained.
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Oliver, meanwhile, said he was pleased that Paulk asked for a simple style.
"It was a good thing to ask for a ponytail," said the 34-year-old GMA educator. "Anything else, I would say, is better than asking your mother".