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Teaching was not Linda O’Dwyer’s first career. Long before she was educating seventh and eighth graders at Parker Junior High School, she ran a travel business.

But 9/11 changed that business in an instant, and she was forced to reassess her vocation. O’Dwyer, who grew up in Oak Forest and moved to Homewood years ago, turned her attention toward local schools.

“I always wanted to go into teaching,” O’Dwyer said.

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