, Port Arthur, Texas

February 21, 2013

Education at top of Kieschnick’s priorities

Mary Meaux
Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — Stuart Kieschnick believes Nederland is the greatest place to live and raise children.

A longtime educator and assistant superintendent at Nederland Independent School District, Kieschnick said there are four things that make Nederland such a great city.

“The schools, churches, businesses and our civic organizations,” Kieschnick said. “It’s the way all four of those groups work together to make good things happen for everybody.”

The Nederland Heritage Festival has recognized Kieschnick as the 2013 Mr. Nederland, an honor he finds very humbling.

Education is always on the forefront in Kieschnick’s life.

“It’s very important as educators to never lose sight of the fact we’re here for the kids,” he said.

The city and school district are changing culturally which is something the district is facing head-on.

“Nederland is changing culturally and the school district is working very hard as a whole to meet the needs of a changing clientele,” he said.

Kieschnick is looking forward to the upcoming Nederland Heritage Festival and will be with the Mid-County Noon Optimist Club in a trailer selling corn dogs.

The recently named Mr. Nederland is very involved in the community. Some of his contributions include: Board of directors Port Arthur YMCA, board of directors for the Nederland Economic Development Corporation, former board member of Mid-County Crime Stoppers, former president and current member of Mid-County Noon Optimist Club, former member of Southwest Basketball Officials Association, honorary lifetime member of Texas Parent/Teacher Association and advisory board member of Jefferson County Youth Association.

Wanda Hollier, NHF manager, had nothing but good things to say about Kieschnick.

“His many contributions to the community are greatly appreciated,” Hollier said. “He has truly devoted his life to the children of this area and because of these efforts his contributions will be represented through their lives for many years to come.”

Kieschnick is a 22 year educator and has served NISD in several roles. He is a former teacher/coach and principal and currently serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. He is also vice-president of Kieschnick Industries Inc. and is a certified metal craftsman.

Kieschnick and his wife Jodi have two children, Madison who attends Texas A&M University and Anna Grace who is in the seventh grade at C.O. Wilson Middle School. He enjoys hunting, golfing, gardening and helping his youngest daughter raise her show steer.


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