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SPPS Teacher Named Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year

Maureen Elwell Peltier

Maureen Elwell Peltier, a French teacher at Central Senior High School, has been named Minnesota’s World Language Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Council of the Teaching of Languages and Cultures. Maureen has been in education for 35 years and has a long résumé of accomplishments that include a Fulbright teacher exchange in Belgium, summer study at the Université Laval in Québec, a Master's degree in the Teaching of Languages and Cultures and a K-12 administration license.

Maureen began her career in the Owatonna school district and, 16 years ago, came to Saint Paul. She started her SPPS tenure at L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion and later went to the Open World Community School before arriving at Central, where she has led the French Department for the past decade.

“Maureen is a tireless advocate for the French and French immersion program at Central,” says Dr. Kate Wilcox-Harris, Chief Academic Officer with SPPS. “She is responsible for the expansion of the program to where it is now, and works continuously to encourage students to continue in their study of the French language.”

Maureen will be attending the regional Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in March 2019, in Columbus, Ohio, to represent the best of Indigenous and World Language teaching in Minnesota.