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Ann Krogan (right) is being honored by the Autism Society of Iowa for her work with students through DMPS. Annie Clough (left), a behavior strategist at Smouse Opportunity School, nominated Krogan for the award in recognition of her work with student at Smouse and throughout Des Moines.

They do it for the inherent RE-wards, not to receive A-wards, but recognition from one’s peers is appreciated in any field, including special education.

Ann Krogan, a District Behavior Strategist at Des Moines Public Schools, has been named this year’s recipient of the Stephen Tsai Award for Excellence in Autism Education from the Autism Society of Iowa after being nominated for the honor by Annie Novak Clough, a former colleague at Smouse Opportunity School.

The award is bestowed upon someone who has had a positive impact on individuals with autism spectrum disorders and has contributed to the field of work in education.

“Her heart for students with autism … has reached … to impact an entire school district.  The students at DMPS are lucky to be served by Ann; and we, as staff, have become better by working with her,” reads Clough’s letter of nomination, in part.

“I am surprised, humbled, and honored by this award,” said Krogan. “I’ve had the privilege of working with some inspiring students, families and educators from the autism community over the years. It seems strange to be recognized for doing work that is so inherently rewarding and a source of so much joy.”

Krogan will receive the award on Friday, November 3 at the ASI’s annual conference at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel.

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