Schier Named Teacher
of Distinction 2022

Jessica Schier 2022

Jessica Schier, fourth-grade teacher at the Granton AREA School District,
has been honored as a Teacher of Distinction
by the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Submitted photo


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 (MACCI).

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 outstanding educators.”


Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

February 2, 2022

Transcribed by Dolores M. Kenyon, Februrary 3, 2022.

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, February 4, 2022. 

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