Phone: 610-326-5015 x6657
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors in Special Education from Millersville University Masters in Elementary Education from West Chester University Certified to teach Special Education & Elementary Education
Ms. Melissa DeStefano
Welcome to my web page. I am excited for another school year. Let me tell you about myself...
My entire teaching career has been within the Pottsgrove School District. Currently, I am the Pottsgrove High School Life Skills teacher. I started teaching in the Fall of 1990. In past years, I was a Learning Support teacher for 3rd-5th grades at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary and 6th-8th grades at Pottsgrove Middle School.During my first two years of teaching, I doubled as the assistant girls basketball coach. Although I enjoyed coaching, I gave the position up to pursue my Masters Degree.
I am originally from Cadillac, Michigan. I moved to Pennsylvania in 1983. I graduated from Boyertown High School. I currently live in New Hanover Township with my kids who are young adults, Aidan and Mikayla (ESU) and our two cats, Isabella and Cookie.
My hobbies and interests are varied. I have an active lifestyle which includes exercising, gardening and being outside. I recently started golfing and I enjoy supporting important causes by participating in 5k races. I serve on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization called Happy 2 be Home, which helps to fund home renovation projects for families to keep their medically fragile and/or physically handicapped children at home. I am also involved with the Chester County LGBT Equality Alliance group, serving on their Planning Committee. I am the advisor of Pottsgrove High School's first GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance) called SOUP. To learn more about SOUP, please click on the icon to the left. I am also the advisor of Falcon Friends - a wonderful club that encourages friendships between typical students and students with different abilities.
Read about programs I've brought to Pottsgrove High School here: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20150511/unsung-heroesmelissa-destefano-brought-special-olympics-and-support-group-to-pottsgrove-high-school
I was fortunate to have been featured in the Reading Eagle also: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/tri-county-in-ours-schools-melissa-destefano