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Dustin Groen

Position: Special Education Teacher
School: South Middle School
School District: Harrisburg School District
City, State: Harrisburg, SD

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Dustin Groen was nominated by an anonymous parent of a student.

"Mr. Groen has an absolute gift of working with kids with challenging behaviors," said the nominator. "Our son has high-functioning autism. He's highly intelligent, but struggles to understand social cues...We love him deeply, but his wiring makes life very difficult at times. Mr. Groen was able to make a connection with our son at their first meeting a year & a half ago. Since then, his calm presence and consistent encouragement has been nothing short of life-changing. Our son spent nearly a week at the local behavioral health hospital before school began last year, and we were very worried that all the disruptions from this pandemic would land him there again. With the support of an amazing educator and his team of aides, our son is thriving! He joined the bowling team and has made new friends this year. It is the biggest gift a parent could hope for."



Comments (7)


Jeanne Taylor Posted 9 months ago

Congratulations Dustin!

Anne Posted 9 months ago

Congratulations, Dustin!

Kristi Plack Posted 9 months ago

Congrats Dustin!

Melissa Wenck Posted 9 months ago

Congrats Dustin!

Pam Sandro Posted 9 months ago

Dustin is the BEST. Always there when you ask for help and gives a great sermon. Thanks for all you do

Trisha Boese Posted 9 months ago

WAY TO GO, DUSTIN! You are most certainly a life changer to those who know you. Your caring, dedication, and faith come through in your work with children. I'm so happy you were nominated and am proud to share your link to others. Well-done!

Mike kern Posted 9 months ago

Dustin has a real knack for working with challenged children