Sarah Berendzen

Featured Teacher


Michelle Grant, Staff Reporter

This is Ms. Berendzen’s first year working as a teacher at JCHS. She gives her take on the best and most challenging parts about being a teacher and what inspired her to become one in the first place.

Q: How long have you been working at JCHS as a teacher?
A: This is my first year at JC. I graduated from SEMO last May.
Q: What is the most rewarding part about being a teacher at JCHS?
A: I love it when my students finally get it! Learning a new language is so difficult sometimes, and students have to work so hard, but it is amazing when everything finally clicks together for them.
Q: What is the most challenging part of teaching French?
A: The most challenging thing is getting students to break out of their shell and be brave enough to speak in French. It’s so much easier for students to communicate in English, so it can be a battle to convince students to speak in French.
Q: How and when did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?
A: Since I was in Kindergarten, I have always wanted to be a teacher. It wasn’t until I took French in high school, though, that I decided I wanted to be a French teacher.
Q: Why did you choose to teach at JCHS?
A: I grew up in Jefferson City and have lived here all of my life. I went to Helias, though, so I was hesitant to apply here. However, I have been welcomed so warmly. I’ve been a Jay for almost 6 months now, and I can’t imagine being anything else.