Kaylee Rodgers is seriously talented; her incredible voice is giving chills to strangers across the world as a video of her singing "Hallelujah" went viral. However, this 10-year-old girl from Ireland has autism, ADHD, and was once so shy that she wasn't even comfortable speaking in front of her class — until the encouragement of a dedicated teacher.
Although Kaylee exudes confidence as she stands in front of her classmates during her stunning (and tear-inducing!) rendition of the beloved song, that wasn't always the case. "She always loved singing, but it wasn't until she started at Killard House School that she really came into her own," Kaylee's mom, Tracy Rodgers, told BBC. "[Mr. Scates is] like her safety blanket ― he's amazing."
Killard House's principal, Colin Millar, is also impressed with Kaylee's transformation from a shy student into a breathtaking performer. "For a child who came in P4 and wouldn't really read out in class, to stand and perform in front of an audience is amazing," Colin told ITV. "It takes a lot of effort on Kaylee's part."