Get to know the Foreign Language Department below.

Department Highlights

  • Notre Dame offers courses in French and Spanish.
  • National Spanish and French Tests are administered during classes with Notre Dame students placing among the top percent in the nation.
  • National French and Spanish Honor Society have inductions once a year.
  • Both Spanish and French Club have meetings where they learn about the language and culture.
  • Dual credit courses are offered through St. Louis University.

Extracurricular Activities

  • French Club
  • French Language National Honor Society >¬†Visit Website
  • Spanish Language National Honor Society > Visit Website
  • Spanish Club

Foreign Language Department Staff

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Mary Ha ’72
Head of the Foreign Language Department
Member of the Mathematics Department
Scholar Bowl Varsity Head Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 520
Title(s):
Head of the Foreign Language Department
Member of the Mathematics Department
Scholar Bowl Varsity Head Coach
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Classes: Honors Geometry, Honors Spanish II, Spanish III, AP Spanish Language and Culture, French III, AP French Language and Culture

Additional Duties: Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Moderator, Societe Honoraire de Francais Moderator

Degrees: B.S. in Secondary Ed. from Southeast Missouri State; M.A. in Natural Sciences from Southeast Missouri State

Professional Memberships: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; American Association of Teachers of French; National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 35 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Ben Edwards ’98
Member of the Foreign Language, Business, and the Performing & Visual Arts Department
Pep Band Director
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 423
Title(s):
Member of the Foreign Language, Business, and the Performing & Visual Arts Department
Pep Band Director
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Classes: Spanish II, Broadcasting (NDtv)

Additional Duties: Spanish Club Moderator; United We Geek Moderator; Men’s Club Co-Moderator; Senior Homeroom 423; Virtus Training Facilitator

Degrees and Certifications: B.S. in English from Truman State; Certified Duolingo Instructor; Trained Rosetta Stone Educator

Professional Memberships: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 15 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Mark Koehler
Member of the Foreign Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Business, and Science Departments
Scholar Bowl JV Coach
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 425
Title(s):
Member of the Foreign Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Business, and Science Departments
Scholar Bowl JV Coach
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Classes: World Languages, Geography, Basic Math, Earth & Space Science, Accounting, Business Math

Additional Duties: Sophomore Homeroom 425

Degrees and Certifications: B.A. in Philosophy from St. Mary’s College; B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State; Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University

Professional Memberships: National Science Teachers Association; American Classical League (Latin); National Catholic Educational Association

2019-2020: 31 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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Amy Worley ’90
Member of the Foreign Language Department
Contact Number:
573-335-6772 ext. 421
Title(s):
Member of the Foreign Language Department
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Classes: Spanish I, French I, French II

Additional Duties: French Club Moderator; Harry Potter Club Moderator; Freshman Homeroom 421

Degrees: B.S. in Secondary Ed. from Southeast Missouri State

Professional Memberships: American Association of Teachers of French; American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; National Catholic Educational Association

Recognitions: Missouri Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award (1996)

2019-2020: 20 years of service to Notre Dame High School

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