Deer Lakes

School District

Josh Destein


My name is "Señor" Josh Destein and I am a Spanish III and IV teacher at Deer Lakes High School.  I have taught various levels of Spanish at Deer Lakes since 2001.  Prior to Deer Lakes, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999.  I spent one year living and studying at the thirteenth century Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.  I also attended the University of Pittsburgh to earn my teaching certification.
I truly love teaching the Spanish language and culture.  I enjoy sharing personal experiences with the Spanish language, my travel experiences, and the importance of learning Spanish.  My adventures and studies abroad include Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Perú, Spain, Ecuador, Italy, France, Belgium, and Sweden.  My overall goal as a world language teacher is help guide my students in becoming global citizens in this very competitive world. 
I have been a West Deer resident since 2004.  I have a passion for traveling and aviation. 
Perú Trip 2015!  
Spain Trip 2013! 
Señor Destein visits a Costa Rican classroom! 
Señor Destein takes flying lessons! 
Since 2004, I have planned, organized, and led trips to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, three wonderful trips to Spain, and an adventurous trip to Perú in 2015.  In June of 2017, I organized a nine-day trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.
Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands Trip of 2017! 
Señor Destein and his friends from around the world!  
(Can you find Señor?) 
Deer Lakes welcomes Sergio from Spain! 
During the 2017-2018, I was honored to be an AFS host parent to Sergio Gascuena Villafranca.  He came to Deer Lakes High School from Madrid, Spain and spent his year here as a sophomore.  During his school year, he was a member of the DL boys soccer team and swim team. 
Deer Lakes welcomes Emil from Finland!
In February of 2019, I began hosting my second AFS son, Emil Kolehmainen, from Finland.  He started attending Deer Lakes High School by April to finish his junior year here in the United States.   
Deer Lakes welcomes Jorge from Spain!
During the 2019-2020 school year, I was honored to be an AFS host parent to Jorge Gascueña Villafranca, Sergio's brother, from Madrid, Spain.  Jorge will be spending his sophomore year here at Deer Lakes High School.
Señor Destein hosts Miklas from Germany!
During the 2019-2020 school year, I was honored to be an AFS host father to Miklas Weinert from Frankfurt, Germany.  He is a sophomore at North Catholic High School.   

 “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

-Nelson Mandela

“You live a new life for every new language you speak.”

-Czech proverb

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”


“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

-Frank Smith

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”

-Rita Mae Brown




The name of this organization is the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. The purpose of this Society is to recognize high achievement in Spanish by students of secondary schools and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. Each unit of the Society is designated as a Chapter. The Deer Lakes Chapter is called Rosalia de Castro (1837-1885). Spanish teachers of this Society belong to the national organization of the American Association of the Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) which was established in 1953. The Deer Lakes Chapter was established in 1998 by Señora Margaret Carlson. New members must have an overall 3.0 grade point average (75%) and have maintained a 3.60 grade point average (90%) in Spanish. Sponsors (Señor Destein) will also consider character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, and service and commitment to others in the criteria for selection into the Society. The student must be enrolled in Spanish at the time of induction. A Spanish Honor Society president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary will be voted into office in the A.P Spanish class.

More information about the Spanish National Honor Society can be found at:

(In addition to academics, cheating, overall class behavior and attitude, and other school discipline infractions are reasons to not be inducted into the Spanish National Honor Society.)




Josh Destein
Spanish III and IV Teacher
Room 109 
163 East Union Road
Cheswick, PA 15024
(724) 265-5320 Ext. 2109
Fax:  (724) 265-3970

Office Hours:

8:00-10:15 a.m.

Employed since:

Employed at Deer Lakes since 2001.


Bachelor's Degree in Spanish from the Pennsylvania State University; 1999


Minor in International Studies

Teaching Certification from the University of Pittsburgh; 2001


10-month study abroad at the 13th century Universidad de Salamanca, Spain 1997-1998


Sponsor of the Spanish National Honor Society, Rosalía de Castro Chapter


Member of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association

Member of the American Association of the Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese