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Mary Behrends














Bonjour et Bienvenue à la classe de français!

Je m'appelle Mary Behrends.  I have been teaching French language courses at St. Peter High School since 1990.  I currently teach all levels of French (I - IV) to students in middle school and senior high students as well as a senior high Academic Enrichment course. 

I am also the advisor to the SPHS Academic Decathlon team, which has earned five state championships since 2010.  We were proud to represent Minnesota at the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals in Omaha, Nebraska in April, 2010, and in Charlotte, North Carolina in April, 2011.  In April, 2013, we were the championship home team as the USAD National Finals came to Minneapolis.  In 2015, we traveled to Garden Grove, California and earned six national medals.  This past spring, we made it to Anchorage, Alaska, and brought back four more.  For each of these events, our team has  finished in the middle of the small schools division.  This big success has come with great memories for these talented students and their coach!

The photo shows me (back row, second from right) with a group of students in Paris.  As of June 2016, I have led thirteen study tours to France with SPHS students.  I also enjoy taking students for weekend French camp programs at Concordia Language Villages, which I have now done for 34 years!

I grew up in Duluth and came to St. Peter to earn my B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College.  Since then, I have earned a Master's Degree from Mankato State University in Gifted Education and have done further coursework in Teaching English as a Second Language.  Before coming to SPHS, I taught at Mankato East, Loyola and Gustavus.  I live in St. Peter with my husband, Al, and beautiful cocker spaniel, Lady.  My adult children, who are also former students, live in the Twin Cities.  My interests include reading, travel, music, art, gardening, cooking and my cabin near Duluth.