Way back 2013, Chelsea Haley joined Teach for America. For her first work, she started teaching in a Baton Rogue elementary school where she met Jerome Robinson.
However, things did not start like a fairytale for the teacher and the student. The fourth-grade student had a behavior so bad that Haley was actually considering quitting teaching for good.
A Different Turn
But things took a different turn and the teacher ended up adopting the 12-year-old student along with his 1-year-old brother. How did everything take an unexpected turn? How did Haley have a change of art and what exactly happened?
Despite the student’s bad behavior, the two later formed a bond. It came to a point where other teachers were saying that Haley is the one who could help him.
When she was drawing closer to the completion of her 2-year teaching experience, the school principal talked to Haley and requested for her to stick around “for Jerome.” In response, she signed up for another year as a special education teacher.
Everything Started With a Dream
According to the SPED teacher, she dreamed as if God was telling her to be the mother of the troubled student. He and his younger brother are living in poverty with their grandparents and birth mother and they are struggling in life. Their financial struggles started after losing two of their family members.
She woke up from the dream thinking that everything was a ridiculous idea and will never happen.
However, things took an unexpected turn when Jerome asked her if he could live with her during a test the following day. The teacher took it as a sign and she started making arrangements to have dinner with his mother.
When she was finishing her third year of teaching and plans to go back to Georgia, Jerome’s mother told her:
You can go back. But I want you to take Jerome and Jace with you.
Starting a Different Life
After several months, the two brothers are already living with Chelsea in Marietta, Georgia.
I never thought I’d be a single mom at age 24, especially of two boys, one of which was my 12-year-old student. And the other one who was only a year-and-a-half.
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As for Jerome, who used to be her headache, he hasn’t gotten any suspensions. Instead, he is included in the honor roll.
Since their story went viral, Chelsea has since put up a GoFundMe page to help support the finances of their family.