Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Diane DeStefano
I am so excited to be starting my seventh year at Trailside Middle School! This school year will be my 40th year teaching and my 18th year teaching in Loudoun County. My career in Loudoun County began as a charter staff member of River Bend Middle School. I have also taught high school history at the alternative school and various classes here at Trailside. This year I will be an instructional specialist supporting students in reading, history, and English.
I have an Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Gwynedd Mercy College in Pennsylvania – a small, once all-girl Catholic college outside of Philadelphia. I have over 50 graduate credits in Curriculum and Instruction and other Special Education courses. I am certified to teach Elementary Education, various areas of Special Education, and high school Social Sciences.
My family moved to Loudoun County in 2000 and my two children are Loudoun County graduates who now live and work in the area. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, exploring new places, reading and puzzles, walking, and just floating in a pool in the summer sun. I am looking forward to an exciting year full of new experiences!