SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - After thirty-five years of teaching in the Bishop Heelan Catholic School system, Laurie Dougherty is retiring.
Joined by friends, family and other colleagues, a surprise parade was organized to give her a proper send off, in spite of COVID-19.
Cars rolled by her home honking their horns and the sounds of the Bishop Heelan fight song filled the air.
While this may have been her last day as a teacher, she isn't leaving Heelan just yet.
Dougherty will still be a part of the Heelan family as a Student Recruiter.
"She's always amping me up and making sure I become a better student at Heelan and just a better person in life," said Isabelle Linden, a Heelan Student.
Not only has Dougherty been a teacher for 35 years at Heelan, she was also a student.
"I'm just so grateful for all the good people for the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of kids that I've met who've been so kind to me. I am very fortunate person," says Dougherty.
Heelan students say they will remember Mrs. Dougherty for her bright and cheerful personality.