With so much negativity normally attached to news regarding braids and natural hair in school, this Texas story is just the bit of love we need. Especially, when teachers really have to power to change lives. When a Lakeview Pre-K Elementary student didn’t believe her teacher liked her new braided hairstyle, Leigh Bishop decided to show and prove.
Leigh shared what happened on Facebook after the young girl refused to believe her. “Don’t be mad at me when I come to school with my hair JUST like that tomorrow,” Leigh posted.
Well, she kept her word and the next day surprised the young girl by rocking the exact same hairstyle, complete with back braids and top knot. “You thought I was playing? Girl we are CA-UTE together!!”, Leigh told the girl.
[Monday]Me: Oh my goodness! I love your hair, August! Don’t be mad at me when I come to school with my hair JUST like…
The picture of the two standing side by side has since gone viral, with more than 14,000 likes and 4,000 shares showing just how important it is to have positive role models and teachers who look like their students.
The comments from the Facebook users and Leigh were also testament to the powerful image.
“You see that smile? You changed this little girl’s life and showed her that who she is is always acceptable ANYWHERE.“ wrote one Facebook user. “You are why we NEED Black Women teachers. You are beautiful inside and out! This made me smile at my phone. So grateful for you!!!!” wrote another.
Leigh responded to one user, noting, “Any chance I get to make a student feel whole & important, I TAKE IT!! (Plus I REALLY loved her hair ).”