Title: Secondary School Educator (Retired)
Company: New Canaan High School
Location: New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
Louise Despres, Retired Secondary School Educator at New Canaan High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.
With an unparalleled passion for education, Ms. Despres taught for more than 40 years until her retirement in 2012. As a French and Spanish teacher, she instilled in her students a love of learning foreign languages and learning more about the world beyond their classroom. In these positions, she prepared students for their Advanced Placement tests, mentored students, and worked with honor students. She was inspired to go into the field by her family, especially by her father and aunt who were both teachers, giving her an inside look at the profession.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Despres first studied the organ at the American School of Music in Fontainebleau in France in the mid-1960s. She continued her education at the Connecticut College for Women, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1966. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University and a Master of Arts in French at Middlebury College. She began teaching at North Haven High School before joining the faculty at High Plains Elementary School. Following this, she worked for many years at New Canaan High School, participating in a variety of roles and leadership positions.
Throughout her career, Ms. Despres has received a number of awards and recognition for her contributions. While matriculating at Brown University, she received a U.S. government Higher Education Act Fellowship. She also received a summer grant and a French Grant to study in France with Middlebury College. In 1983, she became a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2001, she received the Pegasus Pride Award from the Connecticut Organization of Language Teachers, and she received the Advanced Placement Teacher Recognition Award from the New England College Board in 1994. Currently enjoying her retirement, Ms. Despres endeavors to become more involved in volunteer work.
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