Our Team

Founded in 2012

Jared Scherz, Ph.D., M.Ed., ACS

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Dr. Scherz is a clinical psychologist, author, and consultant, working with educators for over 30 years. He earned his Master's in Education from Penn State University, becoming an elementary school guidance counselor before gaining his Ph.D. in psychology. Dr. Scherz has worked in both rural and inner city schools, creating innovating prevention and intervention programs.

Dr. Scherz believes that by supporting educator wellness and organizational health, schools will be better equipped for the challenges of modern- day education. Self-reflective practitioners, who can recognize and meet their needs are the keys to cultivating environments where both academic and psychosocial emotional learning can flourish.

As the CEO of TeacherCoach, our mission is to develop educational ecosystems, bringing new revenue streams into school districts, making schools the hub of wellness in their community, and blending personal growth and professional development for faculty. Through the first ever Learning Engagement System (LES), districts can meet the wants of the individual and the needs of the organization.


Brie Messier, MBA

Brie Messier, MBA has been in business management for 20 years in various markets such as non-profit, veterinary medicine, and human medicine.  She received her BA in Business Management in 1999 and her MBA in 2009.  During her career she has been a speaker and conducted workshops at the local, state, and national level helping guide business professionals and owners on how to have their companies thrive in a competitive or saturated market.  In 2015, she was chosen as a volunteer for a one year Peace Corps Response assignment as the Business and Marketing Consultant for St. Jude Hospital.  Ms. Messier has held various positions ranging from hospital administrator to owner.  She incorporates Gestalt therapy principles into her work coaching practice managers, executives, and business owners.  Outside of the business world Ms. Messier has pursued her love of horses and has been a riding instructor. 



Nikki Modeste, Ph.D.

Nikki Modeste, holds a Ph.D. in I/O Psychology. She has over 10 years of experience in Human Capital Management with an expertise in internal coaching, mentoring, performance management, succession planning and the well-being of the employee. She has facilitated workshops focused on improving performance with leaders of people, to include executives and directors. She believes in improving talent in organizations by approaching it from a holistic perspective to understand the barriers that are preventing organizational talent from being their best selves.



Patty Barrette, M.Ed.

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Patty Barrette has a Master’s in Education and has begun working towards her PHd in Education.  She was a high school Social Studies teacher for 16 years in Appleton, WI, primarily teaching US History, Psychology and English Language Learners.  Prior to joining Teacher Coach, she was the Director of Professional Development for North Dakota United, growing the program extensively in her 4 ½ years there.  In her role at North Dakota United, she developed hundreds of courses, with her Educational Ethics course being her highlight.  Patty believes firmly in the need for high quality, relevant professional learning opportunities for educators and families.  Patty has 2 adult children in college and also has 2 dogs and 2 cats.



Shari Simmons

Shari Photo BShari is a writer with 25 years of experience writing for multiple industries. She is a former teacher and has also worked in the wellness industry for 15 years. She is proud to bring her experience to TeacherCoach because its philosophy of providing mental health and wellness support to educators, the most important and under appreciated profession in this country, aligns with her own ideology. 

Shari is our marketing specialist, creating our outreach campaigns including our monthly newsletter. Shari has also helped with copy editing for the books written by Dr. Scherz.