Teacher Helps Babysit 5-Week-Old While Former Student Goes to Job Fair

By Alan Cheung
Alan Cheung
Alan Cheung
August 28, 2018 Updated: August 28, 2018

A teacher in Chicago, Illinois, helped her former student by babysitting her five-week-old daughter while she went to the job fair on Aug. 22.

LaShonda Carter shared her story on live on Facebook as she was sitting in her car looking after 18-year-old Larresha Plummer’s daughter while Plummer attended the job fair.

Plummer had called Carter between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., told her that she had just given birth to Taliyah, was going through some struggles, and really needed to go to a job fair that day.

The teacher dropped everything she had to do that day and agreed to help.

”Okay well I’ll come and get you and make arrangements for Meijah, my daughter,” said Carter.

She continued to talked about the ”heart of an educator” or the responsibility of the teacher.

”Sometimes as a teacher, our job goes beyond the classroom. And so I’m reaching out because I need you all to help, I need my village, because this beautiful little baby needs some things,” said Carter.

Carter used this opportunity to ask people to donate items for the baby to help the teen mom, asking for milk and clothing items.

”I’m going to do what I can, as much as I can as an educator, but I know I can’t do it all by myself,” said Carter.

In an interview, she shares her very simple philosophy on teaching.

”I just need them to know that … you’re not just a pay check for me,” CBS 2 reported.

When Teacher Met Student

Carter was teaching at Harper High School when she met 15-year-old Plummer, Fox 10 reported.

They bonded and even remained in contact after Carter left to teach at another school.

Carter also set up a GoFundMe page for the mother and daughter, which had $1,485 raised out of a $500 goal at the time of writing.

Local media also shared that Plummer was offered a job as a direct result of the fair she was able to attend with Carter’s help.

Plummers plans on attending college during in January while Carter is looking for someone to help babysit.

Storyful contributed to this article

Alan Cheung