Former Teacher, Student Reunite For A Birthday


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Former Laning Avenue teacher Karen Solomon celebrated her 80th birthday in April and her daughter Debra arranged for a most unusual gift: A guest appearance by her mother’s favorite kindergarten student.

Seyi Fayanju’s parents had emigrated to New Jersey from Nigeria, and he told a reporter from Good News Network that the differences were striking.

“Mrs. Solomon was a phenomenal teacher, mentor, and friend for my family. When we moved to Verona, New Jersey in the late 1980s, I started in kindergarten with her where she taught us all the usual things people learn at school—but she also modeled kindness and understanding for all the kids in her classes.”

Dr. Oluseyi Abiodun Fayanju went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Chicago. He is now a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University.

You can read the full story in Good News Network here.

Photo: Debra Solomon

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