MACCI surprises Crystal Apple Teachers of Distinction
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — Local teachers were surprised in their classrooms March 14 as Crystal Apple volunteers visited their schools to announce the 25 Teachers of Distinction.
The presentations were part of the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 15th annual Crystal Apple Awards. The program kicked off at the end of January when volunteers visited 23 area schools to thank teachers and encourage students to nominate their favorite teachers.
After receiving 1,211 nominations for 325 area teachers, peer-to-peer voting was held at each of the schools. The individuals with the leading number of votes were then named the 2017 Teachers of Distinction.
“Every teacher here deserves to be recognized,” said Teacher of Distinction recipient Stacey DeJarlais, a special education teacher at Madison Elementary School. “We work together as a team to make sure that (students) are getting the best education that they can.”
The Teachers of Distinction will next present their teaching philosophy to a selection team of community members. From these 25 individuals, four Crystal Apple winners will be selected.
Crystal Apple winners will be announced early May.
All Teachers of Distinction and Crystal Apple Winners will be honored at a banquet on Oct. 4 at Hotel Marshfield.
2017 Teachers of Distinction
Emily Batterman: Pittsville Elementary
Jessie Bauer: St. John’s Primary
Kathy Beilke: Lincoln Elementary
MacKenzie Bennin: Granton School
Amy Clifford: St. Joseph – Stratford
April Daul: Washington Elementary
Stacey DeJarlais: Madison Elementary
Lara Endries: Grant Elementary
Sarah Freedlund: Pittsville High
Donna Hayes: Our Lady of Peace
Debbie Heidemann: Auburndale Elementary
Jackson Hein: Marshfield High
Jill Helgerson: Immanuel Lutheran
Brad Helsten: Greenwood High
Patti Jennings: Spencer Elementary
Valerie Krall: Nasonville Elementary
Jessica LeMoine: Marshfield High
Dean McFarlane: Marshfield High
Scott Moseley: Greenwood Elementary
Abbi Roehrborn: Spencer High
Terri Schmidt: Marshfield Middle
Amber Schultz: Grant Elementary
Tracey Thompson: Columbus Catholic High
Chad Vanderwyst: Auburndale Middle/High
Mike Wisniewski: Trinity Lutheran School