This page is dedicated to learning more about all the great employees of District 484. We love our TEAM!
It's All in the Family for Marcus and Tracey Artner
It is with great pleasure that I can introduce myself as the business manager at Pierz Public Schools. My name is Tracey Artner and I joined the team in August 2017. I was born and raised in Hillman, MN. I graduated from Onamia High School in 2000, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Rasmussen Business College. I have worked in a school district setting for
15 years, the last five years in the business office.
My husband Marcus works at Healy High as a math teacher and coach. We have an 8 month old daughter, Addison. When I’m not at work, I enjoy gardening, fishing, spending time with my family, and attending school events. I feel very fortunate and excited to be part of the school community. I look forward to getting to know more families in the Pierz community. Please feel free to stop and say hi!
Superintendent George Weber adds, "[With longtime business manager Earl Athman retiring] We knew filling the position of School Business Manager would be difficult, as many rural districts struggle to find accountants with school finance experience. The financial complexities and sometimes very challenging, detailed rules and requirements of how public schools work would never happen in the private sector and make it such that few professionals choose that path. We are lucky to have Tracey in our schools. Tracey brings a positive 'can and will do' attitude to work every day, and also has a love-of-learning ambition that is rare to find. Tracey has the talent and work ethic to work anywhere if she wanted, but was willing to leave the great job she used to have, just to be in Pierz schools."
My name is Marcus Artner. I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago. I went to Wheaton North High School which was about 25 miles west of the city of Chicago. After high school I went to college at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana where I played baseball for four years. After graduating with my teaching degree I moved up to Minnesota and started teaching math and coaching baseball at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park. After one year at Park Center I decided I wanted to move out of the city and got a job teaching and coaching three sports at Onamia High School. While there, I taught 8th grade math and CIS math courses. I coached almost every level of football, boys basketball and baseball in my time at Onamia. I was in Onamia for 8 years before moving to Pierz High School. This is my second year here where I also coach girls basketball and junior high baseball. I am happy to be here and have enjoyed my time so far as part of a great district. I currently live in Hillman with my wife Tracey and our little girl Addison. In my free time I enjoy hunting, fishing and training retrievers to run field trials and hunt tests.
Most districts have a hard time finding and keeping one Speech Language Pathologist on staff full time - and if they do have one, many times they have to share the practitioner with another district. In Pierz, we are fortunate to have not one but two! Meet our SLPs and their families and find out how and why they came to call Pierz home.
My name is Maria Andrea and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Pierz School District. I am originally from Brainerd where I graduated from high school in 2009. At that time, I considered a career path in the mathematics, teaching, or engineering fields and had never heard of “speech-language pathology.” Following a job shadow experience of a school-based SLP, I decided to change course and major in speech-language hearing sciences. I was anxious and excited for a career helping individuals of all ages with communication and swallowing disorders and the flexibility to practice in either a medical or educational setting. I received my Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 2012 and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014 from Minnesota State University Moorhead. I moved to Pierz in 2014 when I married my husband, Josh, and began the first few years of my career as an SLP working in the Brainerd and Little Falls School Districts. I am now a full-time SLP for the Pierz School District, a highly rewarding job which has allowed me the balance of maintaining my SLP career with family life (we welcomed a baby boy in May!) I currently service Pierz students in the elementary and high school settings. I look forward to continuing my work as an SLP and raising our son as a Pierz Pioneer!
I’m Jessica Teske, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in the Pierz School District. This is my fourth year working in Pierz. I primarily work with preschool through 3rd grade students who have communication needs, including speech/articulation, language, fluency (stuttering), and voice disorders.
I grew up on my family’s dairy farm near Perham, Minnesota. My two younger brothers, who both received speech services in elementary school, inspired me to look into the field of speech-language pathology. During my senior year in high school I worked with the SLP in my school district and instantly knew I found my calling. I attended Minnesota State University - Moorhead, where I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology.
Why Pierz? My husband, Rich, has taught science and coached in the district since 2009. From his experience, I was able to witness the support and stability the district offers employees. Also, I was impressed with the opportunities offered to students. In 2014, I was lucky enough to become part of the “Pioneer Family” and quickly realized what amazing and caring staff work in our district! Rich and I look forward to watching our sons, Andrew (3) and Zeke (1), start their education in the Pierz School District.