Good teachers… no… great teachers are everywhere! The best of the best teachers are the ones who notice the happenings in their classrooms. They not only notice, they do anything and everything to make a difference in the lives of their students.
It’s not all about teaching reading, writing, and math. It’s not all about grades and tests. It’s more than that. The teachers who are the ones who will be remembered and revered by their students are the teachers who care enough to go above and beyond for their students. They are humble and they are powerful in their actions.
Ali Mohammadian is one of these teachers. He is a man who must be commended and raised up as a hero. He showed an empathy and compassion that “trickled down” to his students. Without drama or a need to cry out for attention, this exemplary teacher made a difference. He made a difference for a bullied child and he made a difference for all of the bullied children and teachers in the world.
When Iranian schoolteacher Ali Mohammadian became aware of the fact that his student was being bullied after losing his hair because of a mysterious illness, he took a stand. He did something that not many teachers would do. He offered his support, empathy and compassion for his young bald student by shaving his own head. Within a few days his students followed his example. The whole class or over twenty students shaved their heads and the bullied child was no longer the target of unkind bullying.
This exemplary man is quoted as saying, “Mahan had become isolated after going bald, his smile had disappeared from his face and I was concerned about his class performance. That’s why I thought about shaving my head to get him back on track.”
Thank you Ali Mohammadian. You are a hero and you are the kind of teacher that parents and children everywhere want to be teaching in each and every school.