Calvin Purser – Windridge Elementary

Apr 30, 2014, 1:58 PM | Updated: Feb 12, 2024, 2:43 pm

Animation of an award for the teacher feature special by KSL...

Calvin Purser has changed my son’s life. My son entered 4th grade after having suffered depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and shutting down due to severe bullying at a different school. The school change proved to be the best choice. I was working so hard to figure out how to help my son; he would do his homework at home with great resistance, despite his high intelligence and then check out mentally when he got to school. He wouldn’t turn in completed homework, he would often just start reading and ignore everything in the classroom, he was afraid to take off his coat in the school even in the hot months. I had worked with caring teachers the year previously and my son had started to improve but it wasn’t until that first phone call from his new teacher, Mr. Purser asking me, “I want to understand how this little guy works. What are his interests? Is there anything about him you want to tell me?”

I was deeply surprised, touched and relieved that he took time from a very busy schedule to contact one parent personally.

Through continued reports almost weekly, of contact via email & phone calls I was able to see what was going on after my son arrived at school. I could follow up and talk to him at home about his progress and struggles that Mr. Purser would observe and report to me. He cared about my son and took the time to get to know Steven, he encouraged him and drew him out with common interests and of course humor. Most importantly he didn’t give up on Steven and write him off. He could see that something wasn’t right and that he was more intelligent than he was letting on. Due to Mr. Pursers efforts, contact and reaching out, by the end of the year Steven was turning in homework independently, his scores went from the 60% to 100%, Steven was smiling, comfortable in the classroom, making friends, raising his hand and commenting in class. I noticed it at home too, the change back to his fun, more relaxed intellectual self. He was less stressed and confident in his ability to do his homework-which he had less of I might add!

Our family is deeply touched and filled with gratitude for the hardworking efforts of Calvin Purser that proves that when one person reaches out miracles can happen. Please consider him for the Teacher of the Year award as I am certain he reaches out to many, many, many of his students each and every year. I also might add that he implements very interesting and creative ideas in his classroom that really engages the students and fuels their desire to learn.

Thank you also for doing the Teacher Feature-it brings me hope and joy to hear of the beautiful stories about so many amazing teachers out there doing an incredible work in a very thankless job.

–Carmie Golightly

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

...

Alex Cabrero

South Jordan residents react to thousands of tumbleweeds in front of their homes

As heavy winds blew through a Daybreak neighborhood in South Jordan, avoiding tumbleweeds kind of became a sport.

5 hours ago

Salt Lake City International Airport is also being impacted by the winterstorm moving through Utah....

Mark Jones

Delays, cancelations reported at Salt Lake City International Airport

As of 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, airport officials said 146 flights had been delayed, which is 39% of the departing flights.

5 hours ago

Crews working on a power pole that was damaged when heavy winds blew through the area near Shivwits...

Derrick Jones

Power restored to thousands, work continues, after winter slams Utah

Rocky Mountain Power attributed the outages to power lines downed or damaged by the wind and snow.

9 hours ago

Dusk on the last day of the 2024 legislative session at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Frida...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko

The Utah 2024 Legislative Session is over. Here’s what lawmakers did

Utah lawmakers made the most out of the 2024 general legislative session, passing 591 bills, surpassing last year's previous high of 575.

13 hours ago

Tumbleweeds surround an Eagle Mountain home on March 2, 2024. (Photo credit: Brennen Katsos)...

Josh Ellis

High winds hit Wasatch Front as storm moves in

Winds will continue to increase over western Utah valleys Saturday ahead of a front and spread into southern Utah.

13 hours ago

A lone camper truck moves north bound on the I-80 at the Donner Pass Exit on Friday, March 1, 2024,...

SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press

Blizzard ‘as bad as it gets’ hits California, Nevada. Strip of I-80 shut down

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning through Sunday for a 300-mile stretch of the mountain range.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Calvin Purser – Windridge Elementary