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Pictured are ECHO teachers Kathleen Fitzgerald Bowlds and Gary Kulpa at the 2013 Homecoming Assembly at Thornwood High School. Kulpa nominated Bowlds for a “Most Distinguished Teacher for 2013-2014” award, which Bowlds received Friday, May 2, at a ceremony in Gaelic Park. Photo submitted.
Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor
5:29 pm CDT May 12, 2014

Although Mokena resident Kathleen Fitzgerald Bowlds could be called a devoted teacher — a heroine, even — she humbly prefers not to broadcast her efforts. 

Yet Bowlds’s colleagues touted her superior work for her on Friday, May 2, when they surprised her with the Most Distinguished Teacher for 2013-2014 award at a ceremony in Gaelic Park. Bowlds educates children ranging in age from 14-21 with physical impairments and also works with children with other special needs via after-school activities.