A heartwarming story out of Sugarland, Texas, has been making waves on social media. A pre-K student named August has a Black woman as her teacher, who not only educates her at school but also has the exact same haircut as her.
At the end of January, Lakeview Elementary teacher Leigh Bishop posted a photo on her Facebook page, telling her student that she liked her hair and even warned her not to be furious when she came to school the next day with her hair like that. August reportedly rolled her eyes and waved off the comment, but she and her father were amazed when they arrived at school the next day to see Mrs. Bishop with her exact same haircut.
Mrs. Bishop initially took the photo to show her student how they looked standing together. Still, after seeing the response to the photo, she now recognizes that the image “really speaks volumes!” The picture has since gone viral on social media, with many people commending Mrs. Bishop for her kindness and for making August feel important and whole.
In response to the many compliments on what a fantastic teacher she is, Mrs. Bishop said, “Any chance I get to make a student feel whole and important, I TAKE IT!! (Plus I REALLY loved her hair 🙂 ).” This sentiment reflects the importance of representation in education, especially for young children still figuring out their identity and place in the world.
It is not often that children have the opportunity to be taught by teachers who look like them, and even rarer to have a teacher who shares the same haircut. Mrs. Bishop’s gesture may seem small, but it can have a profound impact on August’s self-esteem and confidence. It is a reminder that every teacher has the power to make a positive difference in their students’ lives and that representation matters.