Hello, my name is...
Yvonne Evelyn Bierdz, Ph.D.
|In the beginning…
... at the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in a small town called Pittston, there
was a baby girl born to James and Yvonne at 2:08AM on November 14, 1967. They named this baby girl
Yvonne, a family name carried on still today.
This baby girl grew up and graduated from Pittston Area Senior High School, literally “by the good graces from
up above.” At the time, she did not realize the value of and the opportunity that a quality education could
provide for her future. After graduation she was accepted to the University of Pittsburg for entrance into their
pharmaceutical program; however neither of her parents had full confidence in her to take a college career
seriously, based upon her “Social Sally” days throughout high school. Yvonne, having a soul-searching debate
regarding her college opportunity, decided instead to enter into the United States Military Forces.
On Christmas Eve of her high school graduation year, at the age of 17 years, Yvonne left home for basic
training, thereafter to serve as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Naval Forces. While serving in the
Armed Forces, she started working on an undergraduate degree with Southern Illinois University
@ Carbondale. After attaining a BS degree in Business & Management, she continued with a graduate
degree and finally a doctorate degree. After 15 years in the United States Navy, ten of which were spent
overseas, completing a doctoral degree, and having three children (Brooke Genevieve, Alaina Yvonne,
& Brad Vincent), it was time to leave the military and enter into the civilian world.
For the next eight years she managed private physicians’ practices, consulted for healthcare organizations, and
taught for Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale and Southwest Community College as adjunct faculty.
Deciding to make a career change to teaching full-time, at the end of the 2003-2004 school year she taught
Foundations II at Munford High School and then for the 2004-2005 school year started teaching Geometry for
Brighton High School. Beginning in August of 2105 was a new addition to the faculty at Millington Central High
Presently, at 48 years of age she is ready and willing for a whole new world of challenges, fun and the
unexpected. Throughout her time on this earth she has always believed in and kept close to her heart a quote
that she heard long ago: “Imagine it and you can achieve it; dream it and you can become it.”