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Leslie Biersack

Leslie Biersack

8th Grade teacher specializing in Middle school math and science

My name is Leslie Biersack, and I have been part of the St. Kilian’s family since 1979 and enjoy the challenge of educating middle school age students. It is extremely gratifying to see their growth and prepare them for high school and beyond. Their personalities and wit keep me on my toes each and every day. I have spent my entire career at St. Kilian, appreciating the excellent staff, dedicated families, talented students, and small community atmosphere. I am proud to be part of this strong education program.

I spent most of my childhood and adult life in the area, graduating from Arrowhead High School, and then from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have taught history, science, and math to seventh and eighth graders for 37 years. With a recent schedule change, sixth graders were added to the junior high, and now I teach math and science for all of the junior high students.   We adopted the STREAM program into our school last year, which helps enhance teaching methods and also increases the interest levels of the students.  They enjoy integrating the technology in classes and doing the “hands-on” projects in science, from building bridges out of toothpicks, cardboard, and gumdrops, to making 3-D models of cells.  I think it is important that each student develops into an independent, critical thinker.

Beyond my duties at St. Kilian, I remain interested in continuing my education by attending classes on a variety of topics to strengthen my professional growth since joining the staff.  I also act as the principal in absentia to help out when the principal is out of the building, in case of any problems or emergencies.  In 2005, I taught two weekly (night and weekend) science sessions at Southern Oaks Girls School, a juvenile correctional facility to temporarily replace a teacher on active duty in Afghanistan. This experience proved to be eye-opening and provided perspective on how much a student’s home life can impact their chances in life. It was an opportunity to give back to girls who made mistakes and were trying to rebuild their lives.

I love sports and played softball and bowled for over 30 years. Outside of school I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my two adult children and their families; including my three small grandchildren. In my spare time, I like to golf, fish, walk, and attend several Badger and Packer games each season.  I enjoy traveling and have been able to go to many places throughout my life, which have also enhanced my teaching career including: whitewater rafting in Utah, taking a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon, touring a German concentration camp, and touring Italy, which included Rome and the Vatican.

Above all, I look forward to continuing a strong relationship with the families and staff in this Christian community of learners.

Education and Awards:

1979 –BS in elementary education (area of concentration: history) from University of Wisconsin Madison

1995 – Awarded Hartford Rotary Club Teacher of the Year

1990,1992,1996,1997 – Awarded Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers