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Assistant Principal Groves
Joe Groves brings to Harrison a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is a successful educational leader, former Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) trainer, and instructional specialist who leads by example, while also being a problem solver who uses keen insight, best practices and data-based decision making. During the past two years at Transition Plus as an Instructional Specialist and Administrative Teacher on Special Assignment, Mr. Groves has contributed to the successful development of student academic achievement and positive school climate by effectively chairing both the Instructional Leadership and Positive School-wide Engagement teams. He carried out other administrative responsibilities while ensuring that high-quality learning happened for all students by building teacher capacity through his practice of the Standards of Effective Instruction (SOEI) teacher evaluation process.
Mr. Groves began his career in education working as a Youth Worker at a residential institution outside of Chicago. After nearly three years, he relocated to Minneapolis, where he served as a Youth Outreach Worker serving students in Minneapolis Public Schools. It was this work that led him to a position in Minneapolis Public Schools as a Youth Coordinator and inspired him to pursue his teaching certification. Since then, Mr. Groves has held several positions in our district: fifth-sixth grade teacher at Andersen Elementary; social studies teacher at Olson Middle School; and member of the district’s Positive School-wide Behavior Team, where for more than seven years he helped schools across the district develop school-wide behavior plans and implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. 
Joe was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Lincoln University and his Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas. 
Mr. Groves is passionate about helping both students and staff grow. He is excited to get started and begin working with Principal Hampton to make great things happen for the students at Harrison.