Fran Schisler graduated from Western Montana College in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 physical education and social sciences.
She spent her early years in education in Idaho before returning to Montana working as a substitute teacher for the Dillon Elementary School District. She returned to Montana Western to receive her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1988.
Upon receiving her degree, Schisler taught at Grant School where she helped update the rural school curriculum guide under the direction of the county school superintendent.
Schisler was an adjunct instructor at Montana Western before returning to Polaris School where she received the Don and Clara Walters School Award. This award was presented by the Montana Retired Educators and it provided financial support for out of pocket expenses for schools supplies.
In 2000, Schisler was chosen as the first Rural School Teacher of the Year for Montana.
Although retired, she continued to teach music at Grant, Jackson and Wisdom schools. She received the statewide Volunteer of the Year award from the Montana Retired Educators in 2015.
Fran and her husband, George, have been married 49 years and have four children.
Each year, educators like Fran Schisler are inducted into the Montana Western Education Hall of Fame thanks to the partnership between the University of Montana Western and Stockman Bank.
Do you know an outstanding educator from the University of Montana Western? If so, we want to hear from you! We are currently soliciting nominations for the 2020 Education Hall of Fame Awards. Contact Vanessa Graham at 406-683-7303 to get more information.