Phone: (610)363-6400, Ext 5573


Degrees and Certifications:

Elementary Education Certified Special Education Certified Reading Specialist Certified

Ms. Lakesha Costello, M.Ed

Lakesha Costello joined the Downingtown Area School district faculty as a Reading Specialist in the Fall of 2014, after four years as an Emotional Support Teacher for Devereux. She is a former graduate of Downingtown East High School and has lived in the borough of Downingtown all of her life.

 Lakesha earned a Bachelor’s degree in education with a certification in Elementary and Special Education at Cabrini College. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Education at Cabrini College with a Certification as a Reading Specialist.

 Lakesha believes that all students have the ability to learn. She assumes the responsibility as an educator to meet learners where they are academically, emotionally, and socially and enhance them individually. As a strong advocate of hands- on, and active learning she engages her students in rich technology infused reading lessons. Her professional interests focus on the constructivist view with authentic approaches to reading comprehension teaching, thematic planning, and cooperative learning. She strives to empower and motivate learners, providing them with the essential tools they need to meet individual success.

 Her professional career outside of DASD includes an adjunct instructor position at Delaware County Community College, where she teaches developmental reading courses.