The Purelight PurePassion Educational Collaborative is determined to make a positive difference in High School math education. Some of our team members teach, some parent, some volunteer time – all help kids!

We are thankful to all assistance we have received to date from everyone involved in our iniatives. From our annual Marchpool contestants, to our educational volunteers, and to our future members and contributors – your efforts and positive energy continue to make a difference with kids.

Our Team

CHARLES FOLLIS is the principal founder of Purelight/Purepassion ( He has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois (Champaign Urbana) but could have a PhD in ‘General Studies’, with a large number of college credits spread across a wide spectrum of educational disciplines. He is also an avid basketball player/fan, and enjoys hiking, sculpting, and other miscellaneous adventures. Both he and his wife Dawn enjoy traveling widely when they can do so.

DAWN BIESER is the ‘glue all’ of Purelight / Purepassion (known online as Dawn has a Masters in Education, Instructional Technology from San Jose State University and received her Bachelors degree from the University of San Francisco in Management Information Systems. She has years of experience working in high technology, and brings strong instructional technology skills to Pure-lights table of tasks. Her passions include hiking, cooking, and gardening. As stated above, she enjoys traveling. Born and raised in England, she is a true American success story.

MATTHIAS KNESEBECK is the software architect of, one of the principal fundraising vehicles that helps drive Matthias has earned Engineering and MBA degrees in Germany, as well as a PhD in video from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Matthias is the leader of his towns youth orchestra, a group of kids who’s accomplishments are known throughout Germany. They are the reigning national champions for their age group, and aspire to march in Pasadena’s Rose Bowl parade in the not-to-distant future.