Former Purdy teacher to lose license over love letter
28-year-old reaches settlement with DESE after 2018 incident
A former Purdy teacher is set to have his teaching license revoked by the State Board of Education and be banned from seeking another in the state after he gave an inappropriate letter to a student in 2018.
According to a Missouri State Board of Education agenda item document for the June 15 meeting, Dalton Breshears, 28, of Springfield, held a professional certificate in the area of Music-Instrumental, grades K-12, initiated on May 29, 2015 and expiring on May 29, 2019. He was a teacher at the Purdy school district from Aug. 9, 2018 until he resigned on Jan. 10, 2019, due to his writing of an inappropriate letter to a student in December 2018.
On May 4, a settlement was made between Breshears and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recommending the Board revoke Breshears’ certificates or any claims for certification. The Board may also refuse to issue or renew a certificate due to the evidence of immorality, according to the settlement, and Breshears agreed to surrender his teaching certificate and to not seek another certificate to teach in the state of Missouri.
He also waived his right to a hearing and, per the settlement, admitted the allegations were factual.
The letter Breshears wrote to the student started by saying, “There are approximately 100 M&Ms in a box so I have written 100 reasons why I believe you are as special as your favorite candy!”
The letter went on to state, in part:
“3. Your laugh melts my heart and break down every defense I have.
4. Your smile is second to none and all i want to do is make you happy so i can see it more.
13. On a scale of 1 to 10 you’re an 11.
14. What’s even more wild is you are more beautiful on the inside than you are on the outside.
20. You always look amazing, even after gym class, it’s like you sweat glitters or something?!?!
38. you’re more fun than bubblewrap
39. Unless you were in bubblewrap…
40. Let’s get some bubblewrap…
46. You know who you are and who you are not which is super sexy!”
The letter included 50 similar numbered statements. The name of the student for whom the letter was written has been redacted.
Breshears has no pending criminal charges in the state of Missouri.