Faculty Spotlight: Mr. Pierson


Emma Whalen

Mr. Pierson sits at his desk with some of his famous Pez dispensers above his board.

Bright light shining through the windows. Colorful, vibrant PEZ dispensers line the walls. This is the view when you step into the room of history teacher Mr. Pierson.

“I think this is a job that you can do good for others, and when I find that to be true, I really like it,” said Pierson. He has been teaching at BPHS for 27 years.

When Pierson first started teaching, he hoped it would be something he’d be good at. If he could describe his life as a teacher, he would talk about how passionate he is in doing it. He likes making a positive impact on his students and enjoys when he is able to do so.

Outside of school, Pierson likes running. He’s participated in many challenges and he always enjoys it. He stated that he may not be very good at running, but he finds it very fun.

“One thing I like doing is running. I’ve run marathons and half-marathons. I’m not a good runner, however,” Mr. Pierson said.

When Mr. Pierson was growing up, he played basketball for a while as well, but eventually stopped as he got older.

He believes as a teacher, the hardest thing you work through is probably the first few years.  “When you are creating everything for the first time: your lessons, worksheets, and tests,” he explained.

Those first three to five years, he says, he really worked a lot and was tired at the end of it all, but found everything to be worth it.

Mr. Pierson loves his job and he is truly passionate about it.

“One of the things I like about teaching is when people come back. If I see them down the road and they say that something I did made a big impact on them,” he claims.

He loves knowing he can help students find their way in life, even if it is just a small part of their school experience.

He has many great memories and achievements looking back on his years of teaching, but there was one that stuck out to him most.

One of Mr. Pierson’s former students had her first son and named him Pierson.

“That was a really high honor for me as a person and a teacher,”  he said.