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Professor ‘begs’ mom to bring her newborn to class…then holds him the whole time she teaches

GREENWOOD, SC – It’s tough enough being a college senior and working…but how about adding in being a brand new mom as well?

Josie Ryan, an associate professor of mathematics, told student Sarah Thompson she could bring her son Isaiah to their Analysis I class any time.

Ryan wanted to make sure that Thompson, an applied mathematics and computer science major at Lander University, could continue her education.

Thompson said she started Ryan’s class one week before giving birth to her son Isaiah in August, and she returned to class just one week after. The first time she brought Isaiah to class, Ryan taught with him in her arms the whole time.

“She knew I’d be overwhelmed so literally begged me to bring Isaiah to class & even showed me where the breastfeeding room in the health center was at Lander University. It’s so reassuring to know there are professors out there like this,” she wrote on Facebook. “Not only is she an amazing person, she’s also one of the best math professors I’ve ever had.”

She shared this picture of three-week old Isaiah and Ryan:

Thompson describes Ryan as “brilliant,” “wacky” and “the best kind of nerdy,” and says that the world needs more educators like her.

Thompson plans on graduating at the end of this academic year.