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CHICAGO (CBS) — “What is the heart of an educator?” That is a question that LaShonda Carter, a special education teacher at Chicago Excel Academy, asked on Thursday in a Facebook Live video.

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Around 4 a.m. Thursday, Carter, unable to sleep, noticed a new message on Facebook from a former student, 18-year-old Larresha Plummer. Plummer had spent two years in Carter’s class while a student at Harper High School.

Plummer recently had a baby and needed help getting to a job fair. Carter immediately canceled her plans for the day and sat in her car outside the fair, with baby Taliyah nestled in her arms.

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“I love my students,” Carter said. “It goes outside the classroom.”

Carter told CBS 2 that students need love and need to be nurtured, even after they leave school. Being part of their lives is a lifelong commitment she happily makes.

Plummer is thankful for Carter’s support. “She’s a great person to have,” Plummer said. “She’s always going to be here.”

(Photo Credit: LaShonda Carter/GoFundMe)

By early afternoon, Plummer discovered she had gotten one of the jobs she applied for today. “I feel like she’s the reason it happened,” Plummer told CBS 2. “She is just a blessing.”

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Carter has set up a GoFundMe campaign for Larresha and Taliyah. To donate, click here.