HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Kyleigh Golden wants her students to see her as more than just an instructor.
"I am always a good shoulder to cry on and ear to talk into," Golden, 26, said.
When she's not teaching class at West Virginia Junior College in Bridgeport, Golden acts as a mentor and friend, opening her room up to students who need an empathetic ear.
"Everybody needs a support system and everybody needs to say at some point in time 'I need help,'" Golden said.
"She makes you not afraid to be who you are," said Lindsey Woodlief, one of Golden's students. "Her personality is what brings me closer. It's heartwarming."
According to the campus president, about 70 percent of the school's students are single mothers, between the ages of 20-23.
Golden says she understands the challenges that come with the responsibility of juggling life at home and in class.
"We've all been there," Golden said. "We've had a sick child at home. We understand."
When her son, Blake, was two-years-old, Golden enrolled in West Virginia Junior College. She had previously attended Fairmont State University, but couldn't find her niche. But at her new school, she quickly fell in love with the field of medicine.
"What I love about medicine is just getting to help people," Golden said. "Any bit of progress is amazing to see with a patient."
In 2013, she graduated from West Virginia Junior College, but she felt compelled to stay and give back.
"I love medical assisting, I love getting out and helping patients, and making them feel better," Golden said. "And then to get the opportunity to come back and teach and help more people get out there and do that--It's really been amazing."
Last week, 5 News spoke with a 20-year-old single mom, who said her son was her biggest motivation when deciding to go back to school. You can see that story in the 'Related Items' section.