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Mr. DeGroot

Special Education - Bentley

About Me


Welcome to my page!  My name is Mike DeGroot.  I am a longtime resident of New Lenox (49 years) and I'm a graduate of both NLSD 122 and Lincoln Way Community High School District 210.  I attended Lewis University where I earned a bachelor's degree in special education.  I also earned a master's degree from Olivet Nazarene University.  I have been married to Stacey for 28 years, and we have two boys, Michael and Mitch.  Michael is 23 years old and is a graduate of NLSD 122, LWCHS and the University of Louisville with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering (MEng).  He currently lives in Austin,Texas and he works for a national provider of technical services in the energy sector.  Mitch is 17 years old and is also a NLSD 122 graduate. He is a senior at Lincoln Way Central.  Mitch likes to spend his time at the golf course, either playing the game or caddying.  We also have a goldendoodle named Faythe.  She is 5 years old and full of energy! 

Quick Facts

Favorite Thing About Teaching:

Working with students every day and watching them grow.

Years Teaching:



Working in the yard
Cutting grass
Attending sporting events 

Graduated From:

New Lenox School District 122
Lincoln Way Central High School
Lewis University
Olivet Nazarene University