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Video of Gym Teacher Fixing Kindergartner's Hair Leaves Parents and Teachers in Awe

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For educators, teaching goes beyond an 8-hour work day. Whether they’re tutoring after school or taking time to encourage their students in other settings, there’s no limit to how deeply those in our schools might impact our children’s lives.

A coach from Valdosta, Georgia, has shown he cares about his students both on and off the court. When 34-year-old Jonathan Oliver saw a kindergartener in need of a hair fix, he quickly jumped in to save the day.

Kristen Paulk attends WG Nunn Elementary School, where the kind act took place. Paulk asked for a ponytail during a basketball activity, and her coach had no problem meeting her need.

“It was a good thing she asked for a ponytail,” Oliver told Good Morning America. “Anything else, I’d say, ‘You better ask your mom.'”

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But she had no need since the dad of three has had some practice with his own daughter’s hair.

To this coach, the act wasn’t a big deal, but when assistant kindergarten teacher Kandice Anderson posted the video she caught on Facebook, followers relayed otherwise.

“Great job, coach!” one person commented. “Awww, that was so nice of him,” another wrote. The viral video has over 3 million views to date.

Paulk’s mom, Miyah, shared her gratitude for the kind coach on social media. “This melts my heart,” she shared on her page. “Glad to know my child is well taken care of while in school.”

The school is shouting their praise for Oliver as well. “Thank you, Coach Oliver, for ALL that you do and for shining such a positive light on our school and our community,” the school wrote on Facebook.

Coach Oliver didn’t expect to get so much recognition for helping a student in this way. “It was shocking to me that it got that much attention because we all do it,” he shared with GMA.

“We [teachers] want to make them feel like they’re at home and that they enjoy being here,” he went on. “We try to love on them as much as possible. To me, it was just a ponytail.”

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Just a ponytail? We humbly disagree. That ponytail made a difference in that little girl’s day. Oliver said he didn’t know the camera was on him, but we’re so glad it was!

It is people like this kind coach who remind us how much the teachers, staff and administrators in our schools really do. Well done, Coach! Even if you never win a single basketball game, you’re a champion in our playbook.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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