Teachers are some of the noblest people on the planet. Their job isn’t just limited to the act of teaching inside the classroom. They do so much paperwork, fashion national standards into achievable curricula, and still have to prepare school events, and train students for competitions or performances.
Teachers’ efforts are usually noticed by local communities unless they participate in some sort of national competition. For a teacher, what he did was not remarkable, but for all the others, he showed unparalleled kindness.
In Valdosta, Georgia, a physical education teacher was holding a basketball game. One of his students at WG Nunn Elementary School approached him with a simple request. Kindergartner Kristen Paulk wanted her teacher to tie her hair in a ponytail in preparation for their basketball game during gym class.
Teacher and coach, Jonathan Oliver, took a knee and started tying his student’s long hair into a ponytail. Unbeknownst to him, his assistant teacher filmed the entire scene from a distance. Kandice Anderson took a video of the coach tying Kristen’s hair and uploaded it on Facebook with the caption:
“When your job goes beyond teaching… #CoachO #Love”
Kandice Anderson, another educator at the elementary school, documented Oliver’s noble deed via video. After she shared the video to Youtube, Oliver received an outpouring of public support and adoration.
The title read “when your job goes beyond coaching.” Oliver was shocked to find that his gesture wowed so many people. According to Oliver who told Good Morning America show, “it was just a ponytail.” To the public, however, it was far more than a simple hairdo.
The clip of Oliver garnered so much attention that Good Morning America featured his story. Kristen’s mother joined Oliver’s segment so she could publically thank him for assisting her daughter. Oliver again stated that he was happy to help out and admitted to doing his daughter’s hair when his wife is tied up.