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Hartland Schools Person of the Month Believes 'It Takes a Village to Raise a Child'

Hartland Schools Person of the Month for December is Nicole Schingeck.

Nicole Schingeck is the Hartland Schools Person of the Month for December. Photo credit: Hartland Schools
Nicole Schingeck is the Hartland Schools Person of the Month for December. Photo credit: Hartland Schools
By Hartland Schools

Hartland Schools Person of the Month for December is Nicole Schingeck.

Introduction

I have worked for Hartland Consolidated Schools since August of 2005 and could not be happier! I began my career here as a counselor at Hartland High School and currently serve as the district-wide Student Assistant Coordinator. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State in Denver, CO; my Masters’ Degree in Educational and Agency Counseling from Wayne State University, and received my certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor from Oakland University.

I am proud to say that I am married to a Godsend! My husband, Corey, is supportive, loving and has the patience and sense of humor to keep up with me and my energy. We have three sons, Tyler - 17, Jack – 11, and Anden - 9. All three of my boys play football, so fall is an exciting time around our home. We spend a lot of time together and with friends and family. We enjoy spending the summer on our lake and up north at our cottage on Higgins Lake. One of my favorite times of the day is coming home, eating dinner together, laughing about the day and catching up on what is going on with each other. We say, “Whatever is said at the Schingeck dinner table stays at the Schingeck dinner table”!

When I wake up each day I do not feel like I am going to work. I am blessed to get paid for something I am so passionate about. I enjoy making a personal connection with each and every student that I encounter. I try to bring out the positive qualities in our students and encourage them to be the best they can be. Getting to interact with students one-on-one, in small groups, while doing classroom presentations, during club time, etc. are amazing opportunities to see their growth and insight, and I, too, personally grow through my interactions with them each day. I also am grateful to work with amazing staffs in all of the buildings. Every single building I walk into feels like home.

Also here in Hartland, we have an amazing school and community connection that supports one another, and first and foremost, the students. I can send out an email or make a phone call to a group of parents on short notice and, sure enough, they will be available to help out or support a need or an event going on in any of the schools! I am thankful for the students here at Hartland for making me feel young and keeping a smile on my face.

Most memorable moments

One of my most memorable moments is from before I had actually been hired. I called Chuck Hughes on the phone a week after he had called to tell me that I did not get the job. I asked him If I could come and shadow the high school counselors to gain some high school experience. He paused for a minute and stated that the other person did not take the job and was I avaliable to come and meet with him. Well, after the meeting I arrived home and the phone rang. It was Chuck calling to offer me the position! I screamed in the phone, “Mommy got the job, Mommy got the job!! Lets do a happy dance!” as my little boys were standing around me. Chuck said, “It sounds like you are interested.” I then proceeded to yell, “I am so excited! Thank you, thank you.” That was quite a day.

Another memorable moment was when Alice Lashbrook was looking for me in the building and said she could hear my laugh all the way down the hallway so she just followed it until she found me. That is still a good way to find me when I am in the building, either by my laugh or loud mouth. I have had many fun times with students: being a class sponsor, LINK coordinator, going into classes and listening to their speeches, watching them work on cars in autos, running fundraisers at lunch, playing sports, watching their plays, singing, etc. All of the students have had a postive impact on my life and a memory they have given me to make me smile. 

Why are you still at Hartland Schools?

I am still here because this is the place to be! We are the school district that I hear people talking up all the time and where they want their children to go. I love working with every single person in this disrtict because they are dedicated to our students and to the families. I am still here so I can support students and their families to be the best they can be. 

Hartland Schools is still all about “It takes a village to raise a child." We will drop anything for a student in need, to celebrate a student’s success, to reach out to a family, and to make sure each student is successful and healthy.

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