Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight
Posted on 02/18/2024

Kate Schumacher: Paraprofessional LEAP Program at Pinecrest

Hastings Public Schools' Special Education Services involve collaboration among students, families, and the community. A dedicated team of professionals supports students requiring these services by offering resources and guidance to equip them as lifelong learners and enable them to reach their full potential. The staff working with students in the district, spanning from infancy to 21 years old, are among the district's most caring, patient, and diligent employees.


Kate Schumacher became part of the paraprofessionals team at Pinecrest Elementary's LEAP program just two years ago. She specifically works with children requiring specialized services. Kate decided to work in Hastings as her three children are enrolled in Hastings Public Schools. Despite the challenges, she finds the work incredibly fulfilling. Ms. Schumacher expresses, "Assisting children with special needs is truly rewarding; although demanding, contributing to their progress is an honor."


Our educators do incredible work inspiring our students. When asked about who inspires her, her answer was an easy one. “My students, 100%. They continue to amaze me every single day,” she says.


Although our schools do an amazing job, if Kate could change one thing, she wishes there was a bigger purchasing budget! I’m sure, like anything else in life, additional funds would create more opportunities for these classrooms.


When Ms. Schumacher isn’t helping our kids be their best, she enjoys watching theater productions, singing, and being creative in the kitchen.

Thank you, Ms. Schumacher, and all the incredible para-professionals of ISD200. Your work supporting our teachers and students is valued and greatly impacts our kids' success.