Ms. Despres is born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Ruth Jean Lowery and Frederick Taylor Fay.
Ms. Despres studies with Nadia Boulanger at the American School of Music in Fontainebleau, France, where she completes coursework on the organ.
Having attended Connecticut College for Women, Ms. Despres earns a Bachelor of Arts in French.
Ms. Despres becomes a certified French teacher for grades seven-12 in the state of Connecticut.
Ms. Despres joins North Haven High School in Connecticut, where she teaches French to juniors and seniors.
Ms. Despres earns a Master of Arts in Teaching French Education from Brown University.
Ms. Despres joins High Plains Elementary School in Orange, Connecticut, where she teaches French to third through sixth graders.
Ms. Despres becomes a French teacher at New Canaan High School, where she remains until 2012.
Ms. Despres contributes to the cultural booklet, “French in Connecticut.”
Ms. Despres achieves a grant from the French government to study in France with Middlebury College.
Ms. Despres achieves a Master of Arts in French from Middlebury College in Paris, France.
Receives the National Endowment for the Humanities study grant.
An established staff member at New Canaan High School, Ms. Despres becomes an advanced placement teacher of French literature.
Via the New England College Board, Ms. Despres receives the Advanced Placement Teacher Recognition Award.
Ms. Despres becomes the chair of independent study at New Canaan High School.
Ms. Despres earns the position of president of the Philanthropic Education Organization (now P.E.O. Sisterhood) in Westport, Connecticut.
Ms. Despres becomes the chair of the Department of World Languages at New Canaan High School.
Ms. Despres receives the Pegasus Pride Award from the Connecticut Organization of Language Teachers.
Ms. Despres becomes an accepted teacher through the New Advanced Placement French Audit.
Ms. Despres is honored with both the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Humanitarian.