Patty Bowen – Bluff Ridge Elementary

Mar 16, 2010, 9:25 PM | Updated: Jan 15, 2021, 6:16 am

Patty Bowen was my son’s third grade teacher last year. She is dedicated to her students and spends hours after school tutoring those who need extra help. It is not uncommon for her to still be at the school at 6:00 in the evening. As a regular volunteer in her classroom last year, I was impressed by the way she motivated her students to achieve their potential while managing her class with a firm, yet loving touch. What particularly impressed me was the way she made each child that came into that classroom feel valued and special – even the siblings of her students. Due to complex heart and lung issues we have chosen to home school our six-year-old daughter. Mrs Bowen provided me with resources to use at home and helped guide me with timely suggestions. But, what really touched my heart was the way she embraced my daughter. Having grown up in the shadow of doctors and hospitals, our daughter trusts very few people. From the very first week of school, Mrs. Bowen took our daughter under her wing and loved her. She made a special effort to involve our daughter in class activities and parties and even listened with her class as our daughter was interviewed for Primary Children’s radiothon last February. After the interview, the class chose to make a donation to the hospital in our daughter’s name, and later, the students told Mrs. Bowen that participating in the radiothon was the most meaningful fundraiser they had participated in all year. Mrs. Bowen is the only person, outside of family, that our daughter will freely hug. She has played a huge part in our daughter’s healing journey of trust.

Mrs. Bowen’s influence, however, did not stop at the end of last school year. This past September, after many doctor’s visits, we learned our son has complex, chronic motor tic disorder, a condition that can leave a child feeling ostracized by his peers and misunderstood by his teachers. Each evening I felt my heart breaking as I listened to his pleadings, “Mom, will this ever go away? ” Although Mrs Bowen is not my son’s teacher this year, she learned of his struggles and has gone out of her way to help not only my son, but our entire family. After each doctor’s appointment, she has called to ask about the visit and how my son and family are doing. She even called during the Christmas break to check on us. Every single day she has made it a point to find my son at school to give him a hug and tell him how much she loves him. My son knows if he is having a rough day, he can turn to Mrs Bowen for safety and acceptance. As a mom, nothing is more meaningful to me than to know that someone is loving and watching out for my child when I can’t be there. Mrs. Bowen has not only fed my son’s mind, but more importantly, she has fed his soul.

This past year, we have learned that it is the little things that usually mean the most. A hug. A caring touch. A kind word. An encouraging smile. Because Mrs. Bowen understands this, she has provided our family with the greatest gift this holiday season – the gift of love and understanding. That is why we love her so much.

–Jodi Clark

We want to hear from you.

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

Today’s Top Stories

Lehi City officials have closed a portion of westbound 1500 North to repair a large sinkhole. On it...
Simone Seikaly

Large sinkhole shuts down portion of westbound1500 North in Lehi

Lehi City officials said the sinkhole formed on 1500 North due to a water leak.
15 hours ago
Utah legislators stand on the steps of the Capitol as they join hundreds gathered in support of tra...
Lindsay Aerts

Utah House votes to pass transgender-related surgery ban

The Utah House has advanced the bill that bans transgender-related surgeries on minors and pauses the treatment of hormone blockers.
15 hours ago
Five former Memphis police officers who were fired for their actions during the arrest of Tyre Nich...
Eric Levenson, Melissa Alonso and Chris Boyette, CNN

Five former Memphis police officers indicted on charges of murder

The former officers were each charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault among other charges.
15 hours ago
FILE: Taylorsville High School is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020....
Simone Seikaly

Lockdown lifted at Taylorsville High, no injuries after shots fired

Shots were reportedly fired in the parking lot of Taylorsville High School on Thursday afternoon, leading to lockdown and lockout procedures.
15 hours ago
UDOT traffic cam around 11:50 a.m.
(Utah Department of Traffic)...
Elizabeth Weiler

Elk stopping traffic on Foothill Drive near I-80

SALT LAKE CITY — Westbound Interstate 80 is experiencing delays of up to 18 minutes because a large herd of elk is attempting to cross into the foothills.  On Thursday afternoon, Salt Lake City Police tweeted that they, along with the Utah HighwayPatrol, were helping the Division of Wildlife Resources wrangle this elk herd. Our […]
15 hours ago
A new service called Cottonwood Connect could address parking problems at the ski resorts in Big an...
Kate Davis and Simone Seikaly

Cottonwood Connect offers a new way to get up Cottonwood Canyons

The goal is to fill gaps left when UTA limited ski bus service. The shuttle will run Thursday through Sunday through mid-April.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
Patty Bowen – Bluff Ridge Elementary