Teacher and second-grader form strong bond over shared limb difference

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By Carina Murphy

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Every kid needs a role model who they can look up to.

One eight-year-old found out just that when she met a teacher at her school with the same limb difference as her.

Raegan Justesen was shocked and overjoyed when she ran into Ms. Leah Kaplan at her elementary school in Spokane, Washington.

The special education teacher gave her a huge wave - making it immediately obvious to Raegan that, like her, she had what she called a left "nubbin".

The young student chatted to Good Morning America about the special moment, saying: "I’m happy to see her because I thought there was nobody else that had a nubbin at my school."

Meanwhile, Kaplan said that their meeting in the hallway was just as heartwarming for her as it was for Raegan. "She saw that I had a little arm before I even got the chance to see her and she pulled out her little arm in the hallway and she literally was like, '(Gasp) Oh my gosh!' and she’s like 'Look,'" she recalled.

The teacher went on to describe how Raegan's grandmother and mother - both of whom work at the school - let her know just how excited she was to have found someone with the same limb difference.

"They told me she went home that night and just could not stop talking about it, how there's a teacher here with one arm," Kaplan said.

The proud teacher even shared a cute snap of her and Raegan to her Instagram. "Every time we see each other, we do the nub wave. I love seeing how proud she is of her arm," she captioned the picture.

Later in the caption, Kaplan explained how she was helping Raegan get into sports by giving her an adaptive bike.

Recently, I was able to pass down an adaptive equipment. I remember when I would get something adaptive made for me and how much that meant to me," she wrote, adding: "I am proud to announce our new bike owner, Reagen! Now let’s get more Para athletes out there!! Reagan, dream big! Don’t ever let equipment stop you from doing what you love."

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Teacher and second-grader form strong bond over shared limb difference

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By Carina Murphy

Article saved!Article saved!

Every kid needs a role model who they can look up to.

One eight-year-old found out just that when she met a teacher at her school with the same limb difference as her.

Raegan Justesen was shocked and overjoyed when she ran into Ms. Leah Kaplan at her elementary school in Spokane, Washington.

The special education teacher gave her a huge wave - making it immediately obvious to Raegan that, like her, she had what she called a left "nubbin".

The young student chatted to Good Morning America about the special moment, saying: "I’m happy to see her because I thought there was nobody else that had a nubbin at my school."

Meanwhile, Kaplan said that their meeting in the hallway was just as heartwarming for her as it was for Raegan. "She saw that I had a little arm before I even got the chance to see her and she pulled out her little arm in the hallway and she literally was like, '(Gasp) Oh my gosh!' and she’s like 'Look,'" she recalled.

The teacher went on to describe how Raegan's grandmother and mother - both of whom work at the school - let her know just how excited she was to have found someone with the same limb difference.

"They told me she went home that night and just could not stop talking about it, how there's a teacher here with one arm," Kaplan said.

The proud teacher even shared a cute snap of her and Raegan to her Instagram. "Every time we see each other, we do the nub wave. I love seeing how proud she is of her arm," she captioned the picture.

Later in the caption, Kaplan explained how she was helping Raegan get into sports by giving her an adaptive bike.

Recently, I was able to pass down an adaptive equipment. I remember when I would get something adaptive made for me and how much that meant to me," she wrote, adding: "I am proud to announce our new bike owner, Reagen! Now let’s get more Para athletes out there!! Reagan, dream big! Don’t ever let equipment stop you from doing what you love."

Featured Image Credit: Pexels/Pixabay