May 2024 Award of Excellence Winner

Norfolk Public Schools is pleased to announce that Kim Bowland, Paraprofessional, Little Panthers Preschool, is the recipient of the NPS Award for Excellence for May 2024.

Thank you, Kim Bowland, for your dedication, hard work, and service to our students, staff, and the NPS community!

Listed below are excerpts from some of the submitted narratives of Mrs. Bowland's nomination:

  • Kim has been so wonderful in our building and helps anyone and everyone! We need more Kim’s around!
  • Kim has been a paraeducator in our preschool program for 17 years and she truly demonstrates what it means to "Be Outstanding"!  She is consistently willing to go above and beyond to support the students she serves.  
  • She has always been willing to step in and help out in any way that she can.  If she has any downtime, she comes to the front office to ask if there is anything that she can help with or rotates through classrooms to check in with teachers and see if they could use an extra set of hands.  Within her role as a special education para, she remains positive and focused on the successes of the students she serves even when there are hard days.  Kim is always kind and supportive of her colleagues and likes to create a fun environment.  
  • Kim is so kind in her role of special education paraeducator. She has a heart for the students and does her best to ensure that all students she encounters feel loved and respected.  Just knowing she is going to be there makes the day better for staff and students.


Kim received her award at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 13, 2024.  Please congratulate Kim on this well-deserved award!