Teacher Changes Children’s Attitudes About School

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Some children may feel like school just isn’t for them, but one Severe Needs Behavior teacher at Grand Mesa Middle School is changing the way they think.

Will Perryman is a Severe Needs Behavior teacher at Grand Mesa Middle School, and he’s also our Golden Apple Award winner for January. Perryman won a basket of goodies from Homestyle Bakery, and a massage from Acuity Massage.

His classroom gives many students a place to go when they don’t know where else to turn. “They know they can come here and Mr. Perryman’s going to love them, no matter what’s going on in their life,” said Perryman.

One of his students, T.J. Lenon, said when he feels like breaking down, he goes to talk with Perryman. “Even if we’re having a rough time, he’ll just joke around with us and make us laugh, and basically turn a sad stormy day, into an awesome day,” said Lenon.

After a chat with Perryman, Lenon said he’s ready to head back to class. “I’ll come back to class feeling energized, happy, and wanting to do work,” said Lenon.

Perryman said he feels like he is changing the lives of the students. “If they can leave thinking, Mr Perryman made me feel good about school, I feel like that’s a victory,” said Perryman.

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