Local teacher surprised with $5,000 after winning ‘Thank a Teacher’ contest

MONONA, Wis. — An area educator got a big surprise Wednesday.

Sarah Niesen, a third grade teacher at Nuestro Mundo Community School in Monona, was surprised with a $5,000 check from Staples as part of their “Thank a Teacher” contest.

Niesen was nominated by her husband.

As part of the contest, the school will receive $5,000 from Staples, and Niesen will also get $2,000 for personal use.

“I know a lot of teachers work so hard and are so deserving of this, and I feel so grateful that I was one of the few selected for this,” Neisen said.

Nuestro Mundo principal Joshua Forehand says she is deserving of the honor.

“Sarah is the kind of teacher that comes early, stays late, pours everything she’s got into her classroom and into her students, connecting with their families, providing fun and engaging activities for students every day,” Forehand said.

Niesen was one of just 20 teachers nationwide to be recognized as part of the contest.