By Alondra Valdez
Have you noticed a new face upstairs this year? We are happy to welcome Mr. Behrens to SBJHS. Recently I interviewed Mr. Behrens, an 8th-grade history teacher, new to this school. He has been teaching for a while but is new to Junior High. Most of his experience has been at the high school level.
He is married to his wife Meghan and they have two kids. He has an 8th-grade son, Blake, who enjoys sailing. They go to regattas (sailboat races) regularly. He has a daughter, Brynn, who is in 5th grade. She enjoys AYSO soccer, yoga, art, and dance. On some nights he crews on a J70 sailboat.
He likes to run. As a student, he ran cross country and track all four years of high school. His favorite subject was History and he got his masters in education, leadership, and policy studies. He went to Orange coast college for two years, where he majored in business and ran cross country and track. He spent much of his time studying, training, going to cross country and track meets and also socializing with the team.
After two years at Orange Coast College, he transferred to San Diego State University and majored in History. He ran cross country and track there for one year. He also worked at Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown San Diego as a busboy and then as a waiter.
Mr. Behrens looks forward to getting to know the students in his classes well and helping them learn what they need to know now and in the future. He plans to help develop their reading, writing and critical thinking skills to help them be successful in high school and their future. He was influenced to become a teacher by his cross country coach who helped students set goals, and work hard to be able to achieve those goals. Mr. Behrens wants to help students like his coach helped him. He feels that one of the bigger challenges that teachers face is making the curriculum exciting for the students so that they enjoy learning.