Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Teacher doing better after accident

by Lisa Seiser

January 19, 2012

Last week, Central-Denison Elementary School staff gathered to think positively and students made special cards all with wishes for fifth-grade teacher Carol Nocek’s recovery following a serious car accident Jan. 7, in Lake Geneva.

It appears the well wishes and notes from students have Nocek on the road to recovery, according to Central-Denison Principal Samantha Polek.

Since her accident, Nocek, who is at Froedtert in Wauwatosa, has had three surgeries. But Polek said a supportive picture of many at the school wearing red in honor of her and a video of a positive thought/prayer meeting by staff had good effects on Nocek.

According to Lake Geneva police, at about 11:29 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, Nocek’s vehicle had stopped at a sign at the intersection of Dodge Street and Elmwood Avenue. She proceeded through the intersection when she was struck by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was northbound on Elmwood, didn’t stop at the stop sign and crashed into Nocek’s vehicle. She was taken via Flight for Life for treatment of her injuries, which were not specified by police at the time.

Soon after the accident, Polek said teachers were notified via e-mail and most of them were aware of the crash by Monday when they arrived at school. That’s also when staff joined for the positive thought meeting, which included holding hands and saying a few words of hope for Nocek.

At that time, reports were her injuries were severe and she was in intensive care. Polek said fellow fifth-grade teachers, guidance counselor and administrators visited each fifth-grade classroom to talk to the students about what happened to their teacher. She said the information relayed to them was positive.

“We told them she was injured, but she was a strong person, who was a runner, and that would help her recover,” Polek said. “It was a message of hope.”

A long-term sub who has experience in the fifth grade at Central-Denison has taken over and letters were sent home to parents explaining the current situation.

“The kids were very concerned about her,” Polek said. “Some kids had her as their fourth-grade teacher last year and now have her again and they know her very well.”

Polek said many have been asking what they can do to help out the family. She said the school is collecting cash donations to purchase a Kindle or some type of electronic device so Nocek can spend her recovery time in the hospital reading, which she loves to do, according to Polek.