Inside the walls of Miss Grimm’s kindergarten classroom, little minds are hard at work.
Especially Priscilla Perez.
With a bow on her head and a pencil in her hand, Priscilla now happily sits in her classroom.
And these hair bows are one part of the reason why.
The 5-year-old student got a rough start to the school year and it all had to do with her hair.
Priscilla told KTRK, “It was short right here and then my mom cut it.”
“About that time, friends started to call her a boy,” said teacher Shannon Grimm.
And those words from her classmates cut deep.
Priscilla says, “I would cry because I would think school was not fun.”
Priscilla would come to school in a hat and refuse to take it off.
This was an ongoing issue the entire school year.
“She finally came to me and said that she wanted her hair long and I asked about her hair and she said that it was short underneath her hoodie,” says Grimm.
But this challenge was not one Miss Grimm would back down from.
Over winter break, this teacher decided to cut her hair.
Shannon Grimm says, “I am going to do other things for my friends in the classroom than just teach them. I am going to show them the love and support that they need to learn.”
The new hairstyle did the trick and to top it off Miss Grimm also wears a matching bow with Priscilla every day to ensure she feels supported.
A lesson in a classroom that will stay with this little girl forever