There is a room in the Brown Building at the high school that has been a hub of activity for many years. If the walls could talk, they would speak of German conversations and speech performances they heard. They would also speak of the lovely woman who spent hours in that room teaching, planning, counseling and praying. Brown 104 is now a quiet place because Miss Kim Bierman has left her earthly classroom to be in her heavenly home.
Miss Bierman’s roots run deep at BJA. She began her career at the elementary school when her parents moved to Greenville from New York in 1972. Very involved in high school activities, Miss Bierman graduated from BJA in 1984 and entered BJU as a German Education major. During her time in college she participated on the BJU German mission team; and following graduation in 1989, Miss Bierman spent a year in Hamburg, Germany, before she returned to teach German at BJA.
Miss Bierman dove into Academy life—teaching German and eventually adding English, Latin, Journalism, Current Events, and Speech to her resume. In addition, for almost 26 years she helped sponsor the Junior Class; the Triangle; the speech and debate team; Student Body; and most recently, the Senior Class. She traveled with seniors to The Wilds and to New York, and it was on these trips that students saw her great love and concern for the unsaved and for the spiritual growth of her students.
This week Brown 104 has been a room to reflect, to write letters of condolences, or to film testimonies about Miss Bierman’s impact on numerous lives. The many memories reflected by her personal belongings in the room will long remain in the minds of all the students and faculty at BJA. There is a great spirit of appreciation and respect for the impact Miss Bierman had as she gave her life in service to the Lord at BJA.