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Katie Deiss (right) has been working with students, like Olivia Boettcher, for three years now in the special education classroom at Ellsworth High School. After she graduates this week, she hopes to turn this volunteer experience into a career. - Photo by Rebecca Rudolph/Republican Eagle

Special education is Ellsworth grad's passion

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ELLSWORTH -- Four years ago, a teacher made a presentation to a class of freshmen about the special education program at Ellsworth High School.

"I (wanted) to be a part of that," Katie Deiss said.

The next September Deiss walked into the special education classroom for her first day volunteering with the students.

"I was scared out of my mind," she recalled.

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