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Jean D. Tedesco

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Jean Tedesco

An administrator, teacher and coach in the South Glens Falls Central School District for more than 30 years, Jean Tedesco retired as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in 2012. Throughout her career Miss Tedesco devoted herself to the district and the community. On her retirement, District Superintendent Michael Patton called her “an outstanding administrator and leader… a true Bulldog.” Audrey Varney, Business Manager, described her as, “the epitome of what it means to be a South Glens Falls resident.”

The Tedesco family relocated to Moreau in 1961 from Valley Stream, New York where Jean was born. She attended South Glens Falls schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, and graduated in 1975. Jean received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Brockport State College; and continued her education studying the Philosophy of Sport at The Ohio State University, where she earned a Master of Science degree, graduating magna cum laude and receiving prestigious academic honors. She completed her Administration Certification at The University at Albany with a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies in 1992. Jean has been a member of Phi Delta Kappa since 1996.

Having advanced her career through increasing responsibility, Miss Tedesco was appointed Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in 2006. She was an enthusiastic educational leader with strong collaboration and communication skills. Mrs. Varney continued, “She is always thinking about what is best for the students and the community. It’s always students first with her. ” Jean is proud of her work with literacy initiatives and curriculum mapping. She is most proud however, of the relationships she built throughout her career, not only with students, but also with staff.

Prior to moving to Central Administration, for 25 years “Miss T.,” as she was known to many, would make an indelible impression on South High. After returning to her alma mater in 1982, she would serve as a teacher, coach, Department Chair, Coordinator of Athletics, Assistant Principal and High School Principal. In each of these positions she always emphasized high academic standards and the importance of a positive school climate where students would enjoy coming to school.

During her tenure as Principal, Miss Tedesco would see a $23 million building project come to fruition leading to the transition of the ninth grade to the formerly 10-12 high school. A Freshman Transition course and “mini teams” were established to ease the transition from middle school. Additionally, she worked to significantly increase the number of college level courses offered as well. A priority with Jean was to promote parental involvement through Parent and student newsletters, Weekly Five phone calls and Coffee with T meetings.

As Athletic Coordinator, Miss Tedesco was the recipient of the 1998 Zone Award from the New York State Council of Administrators for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She established the Health Advisory Council and created the Bulldog Bulletin Newsletter for Athletics and Wellness. One of her favorite projects was to institute the Lunch Bunch program to assist teens in losing weight and the expansion of the fitness center.

Miss Tedesco also had a successful coaching career from 1981-1993. She was Head and Assistant volleyball coach, Varsity and Junior Varsity softball coach, Head and Assistant field hockey coach, Assistant Track coach, Junior Varsity and Modified basketball coach. Her teams earned several Foothills Championships and Section II Champion and Runner-up titles.
Miss Tedesco was recognized in the 1992 Arrowhead and the 2005 yearbook was dedicated to her. In their dedication the students’ stated: “Miss Jean Tedesco hardly fits the cliché definition of a high school administrator. Most South High students recall cheerful conversation and fond memories when they remember their high school principal. Miss T provides encouragement, recognition and excitement to all students’ achievements. … Whether showing enthusiasm at sporting or cultural events… or simply smiling and greeting students as they make their way to class, Miss Tedesco has added her unique stamp on this high school and earned the respect and admiration of the students and the staff.”

Miss. T. also received the 2004 Marathon Dance Award. A mainstay at the annual event, she’s famous for reaching into the drum and picking the winning 50/50 raffle tickets or bidding on an auction item. Thankful for the many opportunities the South Glens Falls School District and the community has afforded her, Jean remains highly involved in all aspects of the community. She is a member of the Moreau Community Center Board of Directors, Chair of the YMCA Togetherhood Program, a national program to complete service projects and strengthen community partnerships; liaison and volunteer for To Life, a Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Education and Support Service, member of the Bulldog Pride Hall of Fame Committee, Club Volleyball Scholarship Advisor and completed the South Glens Falls cemetery photo journal to assist with the refurbishing project. She continues to support the Marathon Dance, Community Coalition for Family Wellness and a variety of service organizations.

In her retirement Jean plans to work on her golf game, her garden and pursue certification as a personal fitness trainer. She remains forever grateful for the opportunities the South Glens Falls School District and the community have provided for her.