About Mr. Biese

  •            I was born in Livingston, New Jersey, on November 13th,1967. My father, Bob, was a Mechanical Engineer and my mother, Chris, was a housewife at the time. I was the first of what would become a family of five children. I have three sisters, Kim, Tiffany and Whitney and one brother, Lee. Each of my siblings is married, and they have all provided me with nieces and nephews. As one would imagine, a family gathering is quite a function to attend.

                When I was three years old, my parents moved to a suburb of Reading, Pennsylvania. I have lived there, or nearby, most of my life with a few short interruptions. I went to school in the Wilson School District in West Lawn, Pennsylvania. All my schools were on the same block through my entire elementary and secondary school career: Whitfield Elementary, Wilson Central Junior High School, and Wilson High School. Throughout my schooling I was active in several extra-curricular activities, including concert band, marching band, stage band, parade band, and stage crew. I was active in many sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, and running. My most important accomplishment was achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Along my path to Eagle Scout I discovered my love of teaching. I had become a camp counselor at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation and began teaching my peers how to achieve various merit badges. One highlight of one of the jobs I held while I was in school included being a newspaper delivery boy for seven years, during which time I earned the Sales and Marketing Executives “Oscar” for Outstanding Salesmanship. I was the only recipient under the age of 30. When I was 14, I was the first to implement a strategy to increase my subscription rate that had not been used by the Reading Eagle/Times company up to that point. Today, they are still using this strategy with great success.

                After high school I attended Villanova University in an attempt to attain my Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. At the end of my freshman year, I became the Pool Manager for the university. My responsibilities included recruiting, training, and scheduling the university lifeguards; developing and implementing instructional programs including swim lessons, lifeguard classes, and scuba instruction, (all of which I actively participated in as an instructor or instructor aid); and being the technical meet director for all swimming and diving competitions held at the main pool.

                During my summers in college I was a seasonal park ranger at Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport, Pennsylvania. My development of teaching skills continued as a park ranger through involvement in various programs including the Junior Ranger program and several water safety programs. I found this work to be so rewarding that I changed my major in college to liberal arts with three minors (mathematics, education, and sociology). I also started mountain biking at this time on a more serious basis. When I graduated from Villanova in 1991, I took a full-time position as a park ranger at Blue Marsh. Later, my love of biking turned into a full time job in that I eventually found myself as the owner of a bicycle sales and service business, where I also hired local teenagers and taught them bicycle maintenance skills as mechanics. In continuing to ride I became a competitive bike racer which naturally led me to my becoming a coach to bicycle racers. I now coach a many as 25 athletes and have had many reach success on the national level at Junior National Championships and Masters National Championships. I also have had eight athletes go on to compete at the World Championship level.

                As I matured after college, I realized that ultimately I wanted to become a teacher. I finished my teacher certification program at Kutztown University in December of 2005. I immediately began as a daily substitute teacher and progressed to completing two long term assignments as a substitute teacher. Now I look forward to a full time position as a Mathematics Teacher with Northwestern Lehigh School District.
Mr. Biese