A Mexican teacher is being called ‘wonderful’ and an ‘angel’ for turning her pickup truck into an on-the-go classroom and visiting students with autism at their homes.
Identified only as Nay, the elementary school teacher in Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato, has gone the extra mile — literally — to help her autistic students with their school work during the pandemic.
With her school closed, Nay refused to let those kids fall behind, and drives two hours every day to visit kids who don’t have access to books or the internet to make sure they keep on top of their schoolwork.
The photo of Nay, which was taken by a student’s mother, went viral after it was shared on Twitter.
‘In Mexico, school was cancelled because of the pandemic. This teacher turned her pickup truck into a portable classroom,’ user Akki wrote. ‘She drives two hours a day to teach children with autism who don’t have books or access to the internet.’
In the image, Nay sits in the back of a red pickup trick, wearing a mask. She has a small table and chairs set up, and a single student — also wearing a mask — is going over an assignment with her.
The tweet earned thousands of likes, and even a retweet by Kim Kardashian, who commented with a heart.
According to Quien, Nay explained that she works at a regular school with students who have disabilities and is always thinking about how to improve as a teacher.
On that particular day, she was performing an evaluation ‘to really know how this pandemic was affecting [the students’] learning, since they are the most vulnerable.’
She also wanted to ‘know how they feel … because this has not been easy for anyone.’
She maintained safety measures, too, not just wearing masks but constantly cleaning the table and providing hand sanitizer to the kids when they got on the truck and left.
In response to those who have praised her, Nay insisted that all teachers put in extra effort for their students — and that’s it’s really a 24/7 job.
And the praise certainly has poured in.
‘God bless this women,’ wrote one admirer. ‘Shout out to all those who go the extra mile to help those in need. This is exactly what humanity is all about, something we should all learn from one another.’
‘Teachers DESERVE TO BE PAID WAY MORE THAN THEY ARE PAID,’ said another. ‘They spend more time with other people’s children than the children spend with their own families.’
Yet another pointed out why it was especially sweet that this teacher is doing so much for her special education students.
‘Due to restricted/repetitive behaviors of kids in the spectrum isn’t easy to modify teaching conditions to them so what this teacher is doing is extremely valuable, pure Love. Autism is a complex developmental condition that involves many challenges, learning is only one of them,’ he said.
Nay certainly has one thing right — there are a lot of teachers going above and beyond to connect with and help their students during the pandemic.
In April, first grade teacher Katie Ricca in Panama City, Florida turned up at her student Hannah’s house when she realized that the normally upbeat seven-year-old had been ‘sad’ and withdrawn.
Ricca, who teaches at North Bay Haven Charter Academy left her own five kids at home to pay Hannah a visit, sitting outside with the youngster on her front lawn to read her books and keep her engaged.
Hannah’s mom Kelley Close shared a photo of the sweet moment on Facebook.
‘Hannah’s class has a Zoom session each evening,’ she wrote.’Last night she got really sad and kinda shut down. Today her teacher came over and hung out for a bit. They chatted, read books, and just talked.
This woman has FIVE kids at home and STILL she sat in my driveway for an hour to make sure Hannah was okay. Y’all…’
Speaking to GMA, she added that the generous teacher read several books, talked about the chalk drawings around them, and discussed feelings.
‘She reminded Hannah that it’s OK to get bummed out every now and then, it’s OK to chill out and it’s even OK to cry about it if we need to,’ she said. ‘She reminded Hannah that even though we’re separated, we’re all going through the same thing at the same time.
‘With all the craziness in our world right now, these are the things I want to remember about this time.’