Elisabeth Biernik

Hi everyone!

Seven years ago my husband's job brought us to Chattanooga. As we got settled I found myself missing teaching and began job hunting. After some subbing positions I was hired at Rivermont as the librarian. Despite having several certifications as well as degrees in Art, Elementary Education, and Educational Psychology, I'd never been a librarian before, but the principal wanted to go in a new direction and I welcomed the opportunity to turn the Media Center into something new. 

Five years later, I still consider RIvermont to be my local family. Our little school offers us the opportunity to get to know the students in ways that simply isn't possible in larger schools. For example, most days you will find me outside in the morning welcoming students to school with waves, hugs, songs and smiles. Yes, I've also been known to 'dance' from time to time too. We greet the students by name, help them out of cars, and try to make sure that each student entering the school has a positive start to the day.

I am a veteran teacher, with over 32 years of teaching experience in five different states. That has helped me learn from some of the best in the field and has given me a unique perspective that helps me be a better teacher. In my former positions I have been a classroom teacher, an Art teacher, the Head Teacher for the Department of Gifted and Talented, and a teacher trainer for both critical and creative thinking. I have worked with students from Pre-K through high school and I love that every day is different from the day before. 

My life changed a bit when I met my husband and moved out of state. His career gave us an opportunity to live in several different states before bringing us to TN. Being a mom to two incredible boys, (now 18 and 20), has taught me how important it is to work together as a community to raise our children. Both of our boys have Asperger's Syndrome and they have taught me so much more than any formal education could. They have made me a better person and a better teacher.

I have a soft spot for students with special needs, and recently completed a sensory area in the Media Center. I am proud of this addition and how much it has already helped children to refocus their energies in a positive way.

If I haven't had an opportunity to meet you, I hope we get a chance to meet soon as we work together to help each and every student reach his or her own potential.

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