|Lisa Bowman and Nick Behymer. FTM file.|
Today was the last day of the 2016-2017 school year and with it also brought the last day for many teachers and administrators in the district who have filed their retirement paperwork.
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One of those educators was longtime Johnson Elementary kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Lisa Bowman. The school helped commemorate her last day by wearing flamingos, her signature symbol of happiness.
She finishes her career, having taught for 26 years, all but one in Fort Thomas Schools.
"She has dedicated her life to teaching," said Mandy Gallenstein Haigis, Bowman's daughter.
"I have seen her dedication to her kids over the years. Johnson is her second family. Growing up I strived to be like my mom, the hard work, the dedication, the love she had for her job. She loves what she does, and it shows year after year with the lives she has changed."
Bowman teaches kindergarten now, but started out as a teacher assistant while earning her degree and raising her two children. She did her student teaching at Woodfill and after one year out of district, came back to Johnson, where she has been ever since.
Aside from kindergarten, she's also taught first, second and third grades.
Many parents and colleagues sent their well-wishes to Fort Thomas Matters for publication:
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"Mrs. Bowman is an excellent educator and a great friend. I had the pleasure to work alongside Mrs. Bowman for my first two years of teaching. We had many adventures in Kindergarten together. She truly loves her job and the kids she teaches. Her Johnson family will truly miss her. I wish her the best on her retirement!"
"I have never met a person with a bigger heart than Lisa. Every day was a special day in Lisa's classroom, full of learning, laughing and happiness. She made learning fun. She goes above and beyond to make every student feel special and successful. She has formed life long relationships with all her students, and she will be so missed!"
"We absolutely adore Lisa! We couldn't have asked for a better kindergarten teacher. She treats all of the kids like they are her own kids. My son Adam still says that she is his favorite teacher."
"As a colleague, Lisa is incredibly supportive and knowledgeable, but I was lucky enough to also be the parent of one of her students. While developing her core educational foundation in Kindergarten, my daughter learned the most important lesson from Lisa-that school is a wonderful place to be."
"What an amazing woman Lisa Bowman is! She is a fabulous teacher that cares so much about each one of her students. She truly makes learning fun and instills a lifelong love for learning in her students. She has taught me so much in my time here at Johnson and I couldn't have asked for a better colleague and role model. Lisa will be incredibly missed, but I wish her a happy retirement full of ice cream, flamingos, and the beach!"
"Lisa epitomizes the perfect teacher. She has always displayed such love and care to all of her students while ensuring that each have been challenged and were successful both academically and socially. Lisa has touched the lives of many as she has encouraged and developed the foundational skills of hundreds of our Fort Thomas children, and she will be missed.”