Bergeson, Richard

Milwaukee SDA School North Campus Grades 7 - 10, Math and Technology, Homeroom Grade 9

Born the fifth child of six to a non-Adventist family in Lancaster, MA, I grew up in a nominal Christian home where church was attended on holidays and inconsistently throughout the year, but Jesus was not part of our lives. I became a Christian in my Sophomore year of High School through a Coffee House ministry. After high school I joined the United States Air Force, studied with an Adventist Chaplain, met my wife, was baptized into the Adventist church, went to Atlantic Union College to become a minister but ended up as a teacher instead. Teaching was never my plan, and like Jonah, I tried to run away from it. Not just once like Jonah, but three times I ended up in the “belly of the great fish.” (I’m a slow learner at times or just really stubborn.) Over the last four decades I have taught in many verities of schools and classrooms from a 1 teacher school to a 8+ teacher school. I have much of that time as the Administrator and teacher.

It is my understanding, the number one goal of Adventist Education is to draw, lead, and introduce our young people to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord, Savior, and Friend. This is my goal as well. As imperfect as I am, it is my desire that my students experience the love of Jesus for them through me, and in how I treat them and minister to them. It is my desire they see a relevant and real relationship with Christ in my life, which would cause them to want the same thing in their life.

As well, it is my desire to teach my students how to be life-long, independent, and self-motivated learners and thinkers. Today, it is not enough to know the material. Knowing how to keep up with the ever-growing bank of knowledge requires study and thinking skill beyond reflecting someone else’s thoughts and ideas. It is the work of true education to develop this power [to think and to do], to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men’s thought.” Education p. 17, para. 2

Qualifications:

  • BA from Atlantic Union College, in History, Religion, & Secondary Education
  • Washington State 5th Year in Elementary Education from Walla Walla College
  • Minor in Math from Washington State University
  • Certifications:
    • Massachusetts: Secondary – History
    • Washington State: K – 12, Professional
    • NAD: Elementary, Secondary – History, Math, Religion
  • 4MAT Trainer of the Trainers
  • “Time to Teach” Trainer (Classroom Management)