CBS Local — A Utah school bus driver has taken on a second job of sorts after one student who lost her mother asked the driver for help.

Isabella Pieri, 11, had to deal with the death of her mother due to a rare illness two years ago. Isabella’s father leaves for work early in the morning, leaving the young girl to take care of her own grooming needs before school.

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“I originally just gave her a crew cut because I didn’t know how, and it was all tangled and I couldn’t get it out for anything,” Philip Pieri said, via DNA Test Finds Fertility Doctor Is Woman’s Actual Father, Lawsuit Says

After seeing Tracy Dean braiding a classmate’s hair before school, Isabella asked the Alpine bus driver for help with hers.

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“You treat them like your own kids,” Dean said.

Dean, a breast cancer survivor, added that she understands how hard it is for spouses and young children to cope with the loss of a parent.

“One of the things that went though my head — who is going to take care of my little ones? Not that my husband couldn’t do it, but you know, that’s what moms do. They do their kids’ hair.”

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Dean now braids Pieri’s hair nearly every morning before she leaves the bus.

“It makes me feel like she’s a mom pretty much to me,” Isabella said.

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“Tracy didn’t have to step up, but she stepped up to help out, I was amazed,” Isabella’s grateful father added.