Somers Lakeside School District 29


This  is the introduction to herself that Dawn posted on her website:

Hello!  My name is Dawn Bowker, sixth grade math teacher at Somers Middle School.  I am a graduate of Montana State University where I studied elementary education and several courses in music.  I grew up mainly in Montana and consider myself a Montana native, although I was born in Colorado, lived three years in Arkansas and spent a year in Colorado.  Since graduation from MSU, I have been a substitute teacher in several Flathead area schools, worked as a high school Special Education tutor in Colorado Springs, and now am enjoying my second year at SMS.  I spend my free time hiking, reading, singing, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and skiing.    

Dawn Bowker



On Thursday morning, October 26, Dawn was in a fatal auto accident on her way to work at Somers Middle School.

Dawn was a bright light in our school.  Her brilliant smile, gentle presence, and enthusiasm for anything-kids, has been an inspiration for all of us.  Dawn was like a sister or daughter to every person on our staff.  Dawn was deeply saddened by any situation where students were unkind to one another.  Ultimately, she became certain that children live what they learn, and that having a role model of kindness and consideration would make a difference.

We have lost our Dawn, and will miss her presence.  But we know that her positive impact on students was  a legacy left behind by one who left us too soon.

We love you, Dawn.


As a way of remembering Dawn Bowker's kindness, compassion, and love for her students, we have created a Dawn Bowker "dog-tag."  At least 200 students and staff of Somers Middle School and over 100 family and friends remember Dawn on a daily basis when they wear the metal plate on a chain around their necks that says, "Remember Miss Bowker through acts of kindness."  What better way could we continue the loving impact that she had on her students than to extend this kindness to one another!