Babysitting is not a part of the course that Henry Musoma offers students at the Texas A&M University.
The international business teacher at Mays Business School went beyond his call of duty by offering to babysit the son of his student, a single mother, so that she does not miss her class.
He is being hailed as the “super professor” on the internet.
Musoma’s kind gesture has melted many hearts on social media after Ashton Robinson wrote a thank you note to him on Facebook on September 8. Robinson posted a picture and a seven second-second clip with her post of Musoma holding her son while taking the class.
Musoma is seen carrying Emmett during his lecture and briefly stops to tell him, “They didn’t read the book,” while gesturing toward the lecture hall.
“So today I emailed my Professor before class saying that something came up and I didn’t have a sitter for Emmett and he called me back and said to please bring him!,” she wrote on Facebook.
“Being a single mom is so challenging but it’s people like Dr. Henry Musoma that make life just a tiny bit easier! THIS is why I’m so proud to be an Aggie! Definitely something I’ll never forget and can’t wait to someday tell Emmett that it’s because of people like this that mommy was able to graduate from the best university in the world??,” Robinson said in the post.
Her thank-you note was shared by more than 12,000 people and over 46,000 people liked it.
Many Facebook users commented on Robinson’s post, praising Musoma’s selfless act.
“Wouldn’t it be great if more Professors, teachers and even bosses were like this? I hope your Professor gets an opportunity to read all of the comments that are being written!!!,” one of the users commented.
“I’ve known Henry for about 20 years, and I can honestly say he is a true gentleman who is passionate about his work and people. We are all Blessed to have him in our lives,” another user, who seemed to be familiar with Dr Musoma, said.
In May 2015, the photo of Jerusalem psychology professor Sydney Engelberg holding a baby during one of his lectures went viral. Engelberg told CNN that “particular moment doesn’t stand out in his mind because it happens fairly often”.
A Facebook group for the National Union of Israeli Students later invited people to share other such examples of faculty holding babies.
And last year, Darryn Willoughby, an associate professor of health, human performance and recreation at Texas’ Baylor University did the same for one of his students. Willoughby carried the four-month-old Millie for about 55 minutes.