Mary Benes

How would you like the students to address you?

Miss Benes

How long have you been at St. John School?

This will be my second year.

What grade/subject are you teaching? Staff - where will you be working?

5th Grade (also Religion and Social Studies for both 5th grade classes)

How long have you been teaching and/or when did you start teaching? If Staff - including St. Johns time, how long have you been doing the same type of job?

This will be my third year of teaching. 1 year teaching Special Education in Kansas, this will be my second year of teaching 5th grade at St. John's

What are a couple unique qualities/skills about you?

I enjoy traveling, hiking, and playing sports.

What are some personal items the families might like to know?

I graduated from UNL in 2018. I grew up in Lincoln, attended North American Martyrs and Pius X High School. I taught Special Education in Kansas in 2019, then moved back to NE to be closer to family.

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

I have a few... But I would say John Paul II is one of them. His courage and strength during WW2 is admirable. Forgiving the man who shot him and seeing God in each person are virtues I hope to grow in.

What is your favorite Bible or Saint quote?

John 13:1 - “He loved His own in the world, and He loved them to the end.”

What is your favorite prayer and why?

Our Father - it is the prayer given to us by Jesus Himself, and it gives me strength to follow God's will, to forgive others, and strive to live a holy life.

Why did you choose to teach at a Catholic school? Or why did you choose to teach at St. John’s?

I feel like I can truly be myself at a Catholic School. There is nothing more beautiful than being able to share my faith and testimony with my students and encourage them to be soldiers for Christ.

Anything else you want to add?

No answer