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Louise Fay Despres

Secondary School Educator (Retired) | New Canaan High School

Leveraging more than 40 years of experience, Louise Fay Despres excelled as an instructor of French language at New Canaan High School in Connecticut between 1970 and 2012. Teaching Advanced Placement French language and literature for approximately three decades, she is proud of her students, who have utilized her teachings to pursue successful careers of their own. Alongside her primary vocation, she was a supervisor of curriculum and instruction and chairperson of the department of world languages, having spent her post-retirement years as a part-time French and Spanish teacher. Earlier, she taught at North Haven High School in their foreign language program and taught third through sixth grade at High Plains Elementary School. Ms. Despres was honored with the 1994 New England College Board Advanced Placement Teacher Recognition Award and the 2001 Connecticut Council of Language Teachers Pegasus Pride Award. Inspired to enter academia by her family, many of whom were educators, she resided in France at a young age, where she studied at the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Connecticut College, a Master of Arts in teaching French from Brown University, and a Master of Arts in French from Middlebury College.

Legacy Video

Ms. Despres’ career was documented in a legacy video, hosted and narrated by acclaimed television personality Star Jones.

Star Jones "The Star Treatment" Video

In light of her expertise in world languages, Ms. Despres was featured in an exclusive interview by Star Jones for “The Star Treatment.”

Millennium Magazine (11th Edition)

Ms. Despres was featured on her cover of the 11th edition of Millennium, A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine.

Millennium Magazine (Fourth Edition)

To attest to her success in education, Ms. Despres was featured on her cover of the fourth edition of Millennium, A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine.

Forbes Magazine

Impressively, Ms. Despres was honored with inclusion in the Virginia edition of Forbes magazine in June/July 2022.

The Wall Street Journal (2022)

Ms. Despres was selected among Who’s Who of Professional Women to be featured in the Eastern edition of The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

The Wall Street Journal (2018)

Recognizing her receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Despres was included in the Eastern edition of The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Marquis Newsletter

Ms. Despres’ career journey was discussed in a comprehensive newsletter in the fall of 2020.

Marquis Timeline

Celebrating her achievements, Ms. Despres was the subject of a timeline of professional milestones by Marquis Who’s Who.

Times Square Press Release (2023)

Ms. Despres’ portrait and career accomplishments were highlighted in the heart of Times Square, New York, and accompanied by a press release in 2023.

Times Square Press Release (2018)

Notably, Ms. Despres was previously featured in Times Square, New York, in 2018, which was complemented by a press release.

Who's Who of Professional Women

Ms. Despres was honored on the Who’s Who of Professional Women website due to her educational prowess and passion for world languages.

Who's Who of Top Educators

Ms. Despres’ expertise in secondary language education was distinguished on the Who’s Who of Top Educators website.

Who's Who of Industry Leaders

In light of her outstanding feats, Ms. Despres was celebrated with a feature on the Who’s Who of Industry Leaders website.

Worldwide Humanitarian Award

Ms. Despres received the Worldwide Humanitarian Award for her selfless contributions to philanthropic causes.

Marquis Radio Interview

Marquis Who’s Who interviewed Ms. Despres in 2019 with an exclusive radio feature, highlighting her work in education.

Who's Who in the World Press Release

Ms. Despres’ induction into Who’s Who in the World was spotlighted with a press release in 2021.

Personal Website

Peruse Ms. Despres’ personal website to learn more about her education, career, accolades and civic appointments.



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