A photograph showing a sympathetic professor who generously offered to watch a single mother’s kids while she took his exam has gone viral.
Dr. Daniel Krebs, a University of Louisville professor was featured in a picture playing with 28-year-old Monica Romero’s children, Mikayla, 5, and Marcus, 4, during Romero’s final exam for her military history class on Dec. 2, reports the Daily Mail.
Romero -- an Army ROTC student -- had arranged for someone to look after her children during the test, but when the babysitter canceled at the last minute, her friend Victoria Henry recommended she bring them to the exam with her.
“A person like Monica, she's a non-commissioned officer going to school, she's a mom of two kids. I mean that's the kind of thing that's really impressive,” Krebs told ABC News. “Me handling her kids for 40, 45 minutes, that's not impressive.”
But Romero was still worried her children wouldn’t be able to sit still and she would be asked to leave the class.
“The class didn't know they were there until Marcus came banging on the door,” Romero told ABC News. “Dr. Krebs said: "Don't worry. Go take your test. I've got them."
Romero, who had moved to Kentucky from South Korea, where she was stationed in the Army, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
Later, when Romero went to check up on her children outside, she was so inspired by seeing Krebs with her children that she asked Henry to snap a photo, which was later posted on social media and has since become an Internet sensation.
Henry wrote in her Facebook post to go with the photo:
“Witnessed one of the most caring gestures of my college career tonight. As a friend of mine was preparing to take our final exam for military history, her babysitter canceled on her. I suggested she just bring them and have them play on their tablet in the hall rather than skipping the exam. After just a few minutes of the kids playing loudly, the professor went to the hall and simply started to play with them to keep them occupied while their mom took the final. Such a kind and caring act committed when the reaction could have been the complete opposite. My heart is warm tonight. Tis the season.”
Krebs was a hit with the children, despite feeling out of his element.
“They didn't want to leave. They really just had a lot of fun,” Romero said. “They want to come back to class with me.”