When a young mom needed a hand with her newborn as she looked for a job, her former high school teacher was happy to step in.
LaShonda Carter, a high school teacher in Chicago, sat in the car with 1-month-old Taliyah as her mom, 18-year-old Larresha Plummer, attended a job fair.
“She had canceled all her plans just to get me there," Plummer told InsideEdition.com. “I call her mama. I call her my second mom.”
Carter explained that she was on Facebook late one night when she received a message from her former student.
Plummer explained she is about to become a freshman at a local college, but needed to find a part-time job to support her and her daughter in the meantime.
To get to the local job fair, Plummer said she needed someone to watch her daughter and some money to take the bus.
“I told her, ‘You’re only three weeks out of the hospital,’” Carter said. “’I’m going to come and get you, and we’re going to go from there.’”
As Plummer handed out her resume, Carter and her daughter waited in the car, going on Facebook Live to remind people that a teacher’s job often goes beyond the classroom.
“I’m no different than any other teacher,” Carter said. “We do this type of stuff every day. We just don't get recognition for it.”
However, Carter recalled a time when she and Plummer didn’t have such a good relationship.
“We did not get along,” Carter said. “She was 14 or 15. She was one of the baddest kids in the building.”
Until one day, Plummer was crying in the hallways. Carter asked her what happened, and they started talking.
“I just know we had a connection once I told her everything,” Plummer said.
Their relationship blossomed from there, and even through motherhood, Plummer said she’s happy to have Carter’s support to lean on.
“I actually didn’t have nobody before I met Miss Carter,” Plummer said. “Now it’s better that I got somebody, because it’s like I really have somebody in my corner.”
The new mom has already received several call-backs from the job fair, and is looking forward to working as a cashier before she begins her studies in the winter.