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Devaney 88

 

 

Maura Devaney Duah-Asamoah
Class of 1988

 

 

Maura’s impact on Chelmsford actually began in the 1980’s when, as an outstanding varsity and junior varsity athlete, she was captain of both the softball and field hockey varsity teams and was designated Most Valuable Player of each of those teams in her senior year. That same year she was also the recipient of the United States Marine Corps Student Athlete Leadership Award. While a student at CHS, Maura’s community involvement went beyond the athletic field where she also volunteered as a town youth softball umpire, extending to the classrooms at St. John Church where she taught CCD as well as assisted in the youth ministry program.

In 1990 Maura began her role as an athletic coach in Chelmsford and led her field hockey, lacrosse, and basketball teams to many victories. She was recognized no fewer than eighteen times as the Merrimack Valley and/or the Lowell Sun Regional Coach of the Year of the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams. Between 1995 and 2017, Coach Devaney and her teams were consistently invited to State Tournaments.

Maura’s tenure as a teacher was as significant as her coaching career, with leadership and innovation in curriculum design and implementation being hallmarks of her more than twenty years in the classroom. As a member of the Wellness Department, and as its Curriculum Head from 2006 – 2008, she collaborated with her colleagues in the creation of courses that address virtually all aspects of students’ lives from nutrition and first aid to lifestyle choices and practices which they face as young adults.

She was recognized by the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as Health Education Teacher of the Year in 2005. In an effort to expand her teaching, Maura was, among other things, the coordinator for a Mock Car Accident event, a mentor in the LIVE SMART program, a member of the Coordination Committee for the annual Wellness Fair, and an advisor to the Class of 2000.

Maura was the co-chair of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) self study (2009) Steering Committee of the three-year process that prepared CHS for the Accreditation Committee’s visit in 2012.

Chelmsford High School and the Chelmsford community at large hold Maura in the highest esteem, but none more so than her own family including her late parents, Robert and Sarah Devaney; her brothers: Robert ’78, Richard ’84, and Michael ’85; and her husband, Edmund; and step-daughter, Leandra.