Schier Named Teacher
Jessica Schier, fourth-grade teacher at the Granton
AREA School District,
has been honored as a Teacher of Distinction
the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
By Valorie Brecht
Granton fourth-grade teacher Jessica Schier is
being recognized for all her dedication to education. Schier was recently named
a Teacher of Distinction by the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry
She was one of 25 area teachers to receive the
award and was surprised in her classroom Jan. 24.
“I was overcome with emotions when I was
presented with the Teacher of Distinction Award. Over the past few months I have
experienced unexpected loss within my personal life, which is why this award is
so meaningful. I have found ways to be strong and persevere and was so honored
that my school family has chosen to recognize me for my work over the past five
years,” Schier wrote in an email.
The MACCI received 1,528 nominations from
students for 391 different educators in 10 area school districts. Schier was
chosen from those nominations as one of 25 finalists to represent her school and
compete for the Crystal Apple Award.
“Ms. Schier is a great teacher in so many ways.
She is extremely dedicated to her students and to finding ways to help them
learn. She keeps direct contact with them, whether they are in school or at
home, and she cares about every student’s success. She builds a love for
learning that can be seen any time someone walks into her room. Her ever present
smile [and] upbeat, positive and caring attitude shines through and is reflected
in her students,” wrote district administrator James Kuchta in an email.
Kuchta said that Schier shows many strengths as
an educator, including being a leader, knowing how to challenge her students to
bring out the best in them, knowing how to use technology efficiently and
serving the school “in any and all ways that she can.”
“Ms. Schier has a rare talent to connect so well
with all of her students and always shows a kind and caring presence…[She] is
one of Granton’s own graduates growing up in the community and giving back so
much as a dedicated and beloved educator. Granton students are lucky to have a
great teacher like Ms. Schier,” Kuchta wrote.
Schier said that being a teacher has been
fulfilling for her:
“I always dreamed of becoming a teacher in the
school that helped me become the person I am today. I wanted to make a
difference in the lives of my students just as some of my former teachers did
for me and I am so proud to be doing just that,” she said.
Her favorite parts of teaching include
introducing new concepts “in a way that is fun, engaging and meaningful” and
“seeing and hearing the excitement of students when they have accomplished
something they never thought possible.”
Schier was the only one from the Granton Area
School District to be named a Teacher of Distinction. Of the 25 Teachers of
Distinction, four will be chosen Crystal Apple Award winners. A panel will make
that decision this month with the winners announced March 2.
All Teachers of Distinction will be honored at a
banquet May 4 at Hotel Marshfield.
“My heart is so full, from the love and support
of my school family,” said Schier. “I cannot thank my student and colleagues
enough for always supporting and encouraging me to continue being the best
teacher I can be. It is truly an honor to be recognized among this group of
Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI
February 2, 2022
, Februrary 3, 2022.
Web page by
James W. Sternitzky PhD,
February 4, 2022.