School Counseling Staff

John Hickling has been the school counselor (and registrar) for Central Campus since the 2018-19 school year.  He has taught general and vocal music, Spanish, and been a counselor at all grade levels K-12 in Iowa and Illinois.  John first came to Central Campus in the 2007-08 school year as a second counselor.  Due to budget cuts, John was given the opportunity to serve students in DMPS at all grade levels.  Besides Central, John has been a school counselor at Willard ES, Brubaker ES, Weeks MS, McKinley ES, and Windsor ES.  John’s last teaching assignment was at WDMCS Valley HS as a vocal music director.

  • 2007, MSEd, Buena Vista University, School Guidance & Counseling
  • 1999, MME, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Choral Music Emphasis
  • 1992, BA, Monmouth College (IL), Music Education and Spanish (minor)

Contact:  Email (preferred) – John.Hickling@dmschools.org  ||  Phone – 515.242.7676

Jennifer Scott joined the Central Campus counseling staff in 2020. Previously she was a high school counselor in southern Iowa for nine years. She has taught Spanish and English language learners and coached softball, volleyball, and archery, also. Outside of school she loves to travel, read non-fiction, listen to true crime podcasts, and go camping and riding ATVs with family and friends. She enjoys hanging out with her dog Jax as well.

  • 2018, Certificate, Morningside College, Iowa Go Alliance Academy
  • 2008, M.S.Ed., Buena Vista University, School Guidance & Counseling
  • 1999, BA, Iowa State University, Spanish with endorsements in Secondary Education and ESL

Contact:  Email (preferred) – Jennifer.Scott@dmschools.org || Phone 515.242.7674

Mary Vang has been the school counseling assistant for Central Campus since the 2018-19 school year.

Contact:  Email – Mary.Vang@dmschools.org  ||  Phone – 515.242.8117