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USD 460 ‘Mom’ Retiring After Raising Generation Of Swathers

Posted 2/9/2017

By Jackie Nelson

After being a ‘mom’ for an entire generation of Swathers, Guidance Counselor Donna Schadler is retiring after 28 years of service to USD 460.

Schadler began her career with Hesston Elementary and Hesston Middle School as the counselor.  In 2006, she moved on to Hesston High as the full time guidance counselor. 

Schadler has seen students through the best and worst of times.

“I tell them I’m their mom at school.  It’s important to them then its important to me. I don’t want to poopoo something that’s important to someone else,” she said.

One of the first major events Schadler faced was the Hesston tornado in 1990.

“That probably changed a lot of my thinking. That was huge.  I’ve had deaths of parents; death of students; deaths of teachers. Those are all really challenging and emotional,” she said.

However, always an optimist, Schadler said attitude is everything, and is a daily decision.

“I learned a long time ago to look at the positives. You have one thing that brings you down, you have to refocus and say, ‘That’s one thing out of a million that are positive.’ That turns an attitude totally around,” she said.

Schadler added her job has helped her connect with others while also learning more about herself.

“I find joy in helping others; that’s my love language.  I really look for ways to help others if we are in a challenging situation.  Helping others helps me and brings me joy,” she said. 

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