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Education was pertinent in Desiree’s home from a young age, so she entered primary school at age 5, while her other friends started at 6. As an only child, she always felt the need to achieve more, because great expectations placed upon her.
She always excelled in academics. Throughout her entire school history- from elementary, intermediate, High School, and college- Desiree was on the Honor Roll, Honor Society, and the National Honor Society. Her high scholastic performance allowed her an opportunity to be accepted to an Honors Acceleration Program that skipped her from the 7th to the 9th grade.
She joined various extracurricular clubs, academic groups, and civic organizations. But, in High School, she was most interested in The Future Teacher’s Club. The name was misleading, but the content was powerful. In this club, Desiree would learn Finance- a subject not taught in regular High School settings. She was fascinated with financial concepts, the economy, and learning to read “The Old Gray Lady” (a term of endearment for the long-established newspaper, and financial world’s staple- The New York Times.) She also learned to read the Wall Street Journal, and understand stock listings and terminology. This would be the origin of her future career in the world of corporate and consumer Finance. Over her career, Desiree would manage billions in corporate financial assets.