Photo of professor babysitting student’s kids during final exam goes viral


(Photo: Victoria Henry/Facebook)

A heartwarming picture of a university instructor taking care of his student’s two children while she was writing her final exam is making the rounds online.

The picture was snapped by a friend and classmate Victoria Henry, and features Daniel Krebs playing computer games with the little boy and girl outside his classroom.

Henry shared the image on Facebook with the description: “one of the most caring gestures of my college career tonight.”

Monica Romero is an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) student at the University of Louisville. She’s also a single mother to the children, Marcus and Mikayla, according to Buzzfeed.

Romero arranged for a babysitter to watch her children on the day of the exam, but the caretaker cancelled at last minute.

“I didn’t know what to do,” Romero told Buzzfeed.

Romero was unable to find someone at such short notice, so she took her children with her to class. She let them sit outside in the hall with a tablet device and a computer, according to the Facebook post.

Romero told Buzzfeed she thought it would take a miracle to finish the exam.

After a few minutes, the kids started playing loudly in the hall.

Then Marcus came banging on the classroom door, Romero told ABC News.

That’s when the professor came to the hall and “simply started to play with them to keep them occupied,” while their mom finished her test, Henry explained in her post.

“A person like Monica, she’s a non-commissioned officer going to school, she’s a mom of two kids,” Krebs told ABC News. “I mean that’s the kind of thing that’s really impressive. Me handling her kids for 40, 45 minutes, that’s not impressive.”

But the professor’s gesture has resonated with many online, including Henry.

“Such a kind and caring act committed when the reaction could have been the complete opposite,” Henry wrote. “My heart is warm tonight. Tis the season.”

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