SHOREWOOD – Troy Community School District 30-C Athletics and Activities Director Meagan (Lewandowski) DeGroot was recently honored by Superintendent Todd Koehl for her effort, dedication and commitment to the students of the school district.
Most recently, DeGroot organized the Sept. 17 Troy Middle School Cross Country Invitational, the largest middle school cross country event in Illinois, which involved more than 2,500 runners from 62 teams.
DeGroot also supervises some 68 coaches and 83 sponsors of activities and clubs in the district, which offers a large variety of clubs, activities and sports to the students at its five elementary schools and its intermediate and middle schools.
“Meagan is tireless in her commitment to our students and their extracurricular opportunities,” Koehl said. “We are very fortunate to have her.”
DeGroot began as a physical education teacher at Troy nine years ago and was promoted to AD two years later.
Her goal is to get as many students involved in after-school activities as possible, and she has achieved a stellar success rate with that goal. Approximately 95 percent of the 1,830 students at William B. Orenic Intermediate and Troy Middle schools are involved in an activity or sport.
“I feel it’s important for our students to make those connections with other kids and teachers,” DeGroot said. “It’s great to see them live out their dreams. Junior high has the most opportunities to develop as a person and to learn those lifelong skills that the students can take with them into high school and throughout the rest of their lives.”
To her, coming into work each day is like coming to her second home. DeGroot said she is thankful for the support of the school board, the superintendent and the staff and also of her father, retired Joliet East, Central and West High Schools Athletic Director Ed Lewandowski, from whom she still asks advice.