BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Helpful hands can come in many sizes. For one magnet teacher, that helpful hand is one of her students.
"If we could do this for him it would be a really nice way to show him how much I really appreciated what he did and that it was noticed," said Ursula Parkerson, the magnet teacher. "You know good deeds sometimes go unnoticed and I noticed this one."
Tyler Trauernicht, 12, just finished 6th grade, but Parkerson, his English and literature teacher, was very appreciative to have Tyler in her class.
"He notices when I need help before I even ask for it. He's like, 'can I do that?' or 'do you want me to do this?' So it's refreshing to have a student like that. He seems to put everybody else's needs first," Parkerson
Tyler's help has really come in handy with a special needs child in the class. Tyler sits next to him and helps him through the busy day of being a magnet student.
"I just see that he's a really awesome kid, but nobody ever really takes him seriously because he's so special and nobody wants to pay attention to him because he is that way," Tyler said. "But me sitting next to him for this long a period of time has just made me realize that he needs help and he's just overall amazing."
"Tyler's very good about encouraging him. If he says an answer and it's wrong he kind of coaches him or if he says an answer and it's correct he'll say, 'wow that was a great job you did so well' and kind of pat him on the back," Ursula said
Tyler's mom Teran is very proud of her son. And while there is a stable family life at home, she believes this is all Tyler.
"I think for Tyler this is just what you do," Teran said. "It's not an extraordinary thing for him. This is just someone needs help so Tyler is going to help them. And that's pretty amazing."
It's hard not to notice this young man's helping spirit once you meet him.
Tyler also helps his local church volunteering in their audio visual department, which fits right in to his current career goals.
"I kind of want to be at a TV station and work the cameras and use the audio board and stuff like that," Tyler said.