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Business Teacher and DECA Sponsor Desireé Wells Drives Student Success

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Smiling, DECA sponsor and Advertising and Career Prep teacher Ms. Wells poses with her husband and two sons. A Westwood alum, Ms. Wells returns to fulfill her passion for teaching.

A passion for teaching business led Ms. Desireé Wells to transition her teaching career from Liberty Hill Middle School, where she taught science to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, to Westwood. Entering her 7th year teaching, Ms. Wells, a Westwood alum, is especially excited to teach Advertising and Career Preparation classes, as well as sponsor Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).

Despite teaching for the past seven years, Ms. Wells began her professional career in a very different field. 

“I started my career in the medical device field,” Ms. Wells said. “I loved that part of my life, but I felt like something was missing. I was a camp counselor so I went back to my years as a camp counselor, and I loved working with kids, and that’s why I decided to leave that field and go into teaching.”

Ms. Wells is dedicated to creating an interactive learning environment that involves students in real-world business scenarios.

“I love how interactive this class is and you can do a lot of fun things, a lot of fun projects,” Ms. Wells said. “I really get to know the kids and both their creative side and analytical sides.”

As the new DECA sponsor, Ms. Wells is most excited about upcoming competitions. She views these events as an important opportunity for students to showcase their skills: a vision that aligns with DECA’s mission of preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.  Looking forward to preparing her students for diverse challenges, she emphasizes her excitement of watching students specialize in various events and become experts in their chosen fields.

“I would love for DECA to continue growing and be successful this year at the district, state, and international levels,” Mr. Wells said. “In the classroom, I hope that my kids find both marketing and advertising to be engaging and fun. And in my Career Prep class, the kids are able to transfer the skills they learn in class to their jobs.”

Among Ms. Wells’s favorite aspects of teaching are her interactions with her students and watching them grow. 

“I love making relationships with students and hoping that they not only get to be in my class, but walk away as a better human and be more prepared for college,” Ms. Wells said. 

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