A teacher in Texas named Leigha Bishop is going viral for one of the most adorable images to ever come out of a classroom. In Bishop's original post, she says she had to copy her student's updo because it was just "so cute."
And look how happy it made that 4-year-old to see her teacher wearing the same look:
Bishop told Buzzfeed News that she had planned the hairstyle as a surprise. She'd told her student she loved her her Fulani braids, but the child was skeptical that her teacher would follow through on the promise to braid her hair, too.
"Of course she didn't believe me,"said Bishop. But she went home and enlisted her mom to help, and they was soon looking great.
Bishop doesn't have too many twitter followers, but the image went viral after graphic designer J'Ardoin Janǽ tweeted it out:
The picture had been retweeted over 40,000 times. Folks in the replies say they know Bishop, and what a great teach she is:
And she appreciates it:
But not as much as people appreciate her:
Someone from Bishop's school even chimed in with a story about why representation matters to them:
Bishop told Buzzfeed News that making her students feel powerful and good about themselves is the most important part of her job.
"What I love most about being a teacher is the power I have to pour light into each and every little soul that steps foot in my classroom day after day," she said. "Whether you're in Pre-K or fourth grade, being taught to love yourself and being taught you are whole is VITAL!"
She continued, "While I am teaching them content needed to grow and move on to the next grade level, I am also teaching them to love themselves a little more for the next challenge they might face in the next stage of development. It is with the connections and relationships that I am able to help students succeed academically, and it is with those same connections and relationships that I am able to possibly save lives of children who never knew what being whole felt like."
Bishop's perspective is needed in the classroom, and the story of the work she does is incredible. But you can see all of it in that little girl's smile.