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Matthew Montgomery

Matthew Montgomery, a junior at SSD’s Neuwoehner High School, has developed leadership skills, improved his behaviors, and made great strides with his speech challenges.

“Matthew has made so much progress in so many areas in the past three years,” said SSD physical therapist Laurie Dahle, who nominated Matthew for the Rosemary Zander Award along with SSD teacher Barb Horton. “He struggled when he first came to our school, but then he began participating in Boot Camp.”

Boot Camp is a group that meets three times a week. The group consists of students who lead the group and act as role models for the participants who need to work on gross motor skills, turn-taking and personal interactions with other students.

“When Matthew first started, he was an inconsistent participant, sometimes refusing to attend,” said Dahle. “Now, Matthew is a leader and eagerly comes to each session. He makes sure the equipment is ready and assists other students. It is such a joy to watch him interact with all the students.”

Dahle added that the leadership has carried over into the classroom and that he is dependable, trustworthy and can light up a room and turn someone’s bad day into a good day.

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