Local teacher’s amazing gesture turns student’s horrible day upside down (VIDEO)

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WINLOCK, Wash. -- As adults, it's easy to forget just how hard kids have it sometimes.  Luckily, one area 4th grade teacher didn't forget, and went out of her way to turn a student's day from "worst day ever" to "best in the world."

Tori Nelson is a teacher at Winlock Miller Elementary School. On Monday, a 9-year-old student named Matthew came to school extremely upset. Matthew had gotten a haircut over the weekend, and an older student at the school had made fun of a bald spot at Matthew's head just as he arrived.

The timid 4th grader was torn apart by the older student's remarks, Nelson told Q13 FOX News.

"The comment crushed him," Nelson said. "He refused to come into our classroom and would not remove his hat."

Seeing tears in Matthew's eyes, Nelson decided to make the boy a promise. If you come in my class, Nelson said, I'll  cut my hair, too.

"After talking to him for a while, I finally said, 'If I let you cut my hair so it's just like yours, will you come learn with us and take your hat off?'" Nelson told Q13 FOX.

Hesitant at first, Matthew made Ms. Nelson promise. I'll run home and get the clippers at lunch, Nelson said. With a big grin on his face, Matthew finally came in to learn.

And of course, after lunch, all of Ms. Nelson's 4th graders gathered around while Matthew made the teacher "his twin," Nelson said. Clippers behind his ears, Ms. Nelson told Matthew, "Now if anyone makes fun of you, they're also making fun of me."

Matthew was an immediate rock star, to Ms. Nelson's delight.

"Today I heart being in a situation where I can help other succeed," Nelson wrote on her Facebook page. "He cut my hair after lunch and now no one is ashamed or embarrassed... except maybe my mom. I'm sorry mom!!"

Nice work, Ms. Nelson. And we're sure after your mom hears the story, she'll love your haircut, too.

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  • Armand

    What a cool teacher. Teachers are the foundation of kids especially in school when dealing with bullying. 2 thumbs up for this great teacher.

  • Shelly Rhodes

    Way to go Tori! Keep showing the world how much of an AMAZING & INSPIRING person you are.
    Tori is not only an asset to the school she works at, she is valuable to the entire Lewis County Community!
    Thank You for being Awesome Tori!!

  • Julie Cole

    While this is such an incredible example of love and dedication for her students, we who know and love Tori know that this was no big deal to her. She is all about making a difference in students’ lives and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Now everybody else has the honor of being witness to it too. Tori is an amazing human being and an amazing teacher & coach and I have no doubt that she will go on to touch countless other lives, as she has already done. Thanks to Q13 news for taking the time to share her story!

  • Ador Cagape

    A very cool, kind, helpful, loving and inspiring teacher.. The best example. God bless her for all the good things she has done and she’s been doing,

  • Janice Strauss

    I do love this story, it embodies so much of what makes a person a teacher. Kudos to Ms. Nelson. But I can’t resist a smidgeon of humor — the bravest thing she did was to let a 4th grader come at her with a set of clippers!!! :-)

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