Mr. Eric Bjerkaas

Phone: 815-223-1721 Ext. 311

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Joint Concentration in Mathematics and Computer Science (Boston University), M.A.T. Secondary Mathematics Education (SIU Carbondale)

Mr. Eric Bjerkaas

First, my last name is pronounced byerk-us. (It's Norwegian, so the j's are pronounced like y's.) Most of my students, however, call me Mr. B.
I've been teaching mathematics at LP since 2007 and, while not from the Illinois Valley originally, I did marry an LP alum and we're raising our son and daughter in Oglesby.
My father was in the Air Force, so I lived in a lot of places growing up, from Massachusetts to the Azores. I graduated from O'Fallon Township High School in southern Illinois and promptly left the Midwest to attend Boston University on an Army ROTC scholarship. I was commissioned as an officer in the Signal Corp after earning my degree and was stationed in Germany for 3 years. After leaving the military, I eventually went back to school to become a mathematics teacher.
While I appreciate mathematics, the best part of my job is helping students learn and succeed through their own hard work and persistence.