Company: Downingtown West High School
Location: Downingtown, PA
Downingtown, PA, December 15, 2014, Rebecca C. Desmond, Teacher, Building Leader (Retired) at Downingtown West High School, has been recognized by Elite American Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in high school education.
Ms. Desmond retired from Downingtown West High School after dedicating 52 years of service. She was a well-respected art teacher who spent her days trying to just get her students to smile. Interacting and getting to know students on a more personal level is what made her career as a teacher so enriched.
Ms. Desmond started teaching in the school district in 1961. She began at Downingtown Junior High, as it was called then, and moved to Downingtown Senior High School a few years later. After the school split into two, Ms. Desmond stayed with Downingtown West High School until she retired in 2014. At one point, Ms. Desmond taught 22 classes at the school. She believed that this diversity assisted in the students’ appreciation for art and allowed them to express themselves through different mediums. She was among the teachers who created what is now known as the Living Arts Show, a showcase for the creative work of students.
Aside from teaching art, Ms. Desmond coached the tennis teach for more than 40 seasons. Under her direction, her teams won 15 Ches-Mont League championships. She is a former tennis standout who co-authored a book in 1995 for the United States Tennis Association on “How to Coach Tennis Successfully.” In 2003, Ms. Desmond was named coach of the year by the U.S. Professional Tennis Registry, and she she was the first inductee into the Hall of Fame of the U.S. Professional Tennis Registry in 2008.
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