Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Grace Bodnar

Name: Grace Bodnar

Occupation: French Teacher

Age: Ageless

Lifestyle: Easy-going and slightly adventurous

 

Friday Dress in Plum Cats Prints (also available in Black Floral and Teal Waves) by Halifax label Poison Pear; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Forest Green (also available in Black, Ash Plum, Navy and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

It can be busy: I usually get up around 5:30, even on the weekends. I enjoy making those morning coffees for myself and my husband, taking care of our pet birds and getting ready for the day.

 

Off to work early where it is a continuous hive of activities, no time to catch a breath till the 3:30 bell signals the end of the school day–for the kids, not necessarily for me.

 

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Once I get home, I can relax while preparing dinner, doing the usual household chores, relaxing with my husband and absorbing myself in my numerous hobbies.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Mustard (also available in six other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Navy (also available in Black, Ash Plum, Forest Green and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Necklace by Nova Scotia label Beck & Boosh

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Family, friends and my faith are the centre of my life. I guess with them, no pretence is needed, and honesty is just a given fact in my life. I am not saying that I am not whole without them; rather, they are the different facets that make me who I am, bring out the best in me and therefore I am able to give the best of myself to others.

 

Friday Dress in Black (also available in Plum Cats and Teal Waves) Floral by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would hope that I was able to inspire others to accept themselves wholeheartedly for who they are and not for what society deems them to be.

 

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One little thoughtless act could destroy a person’s self-worth and at the same time, one simple thoughtful gesture could light an unquenchable spark that can fuel a person’s desire to reach for the stars.

 

Angela Dress in Purple (also available in Pine, Burgundy and Navy) by Fresh Collective’s very own label, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I enjoy fashion; I love searching for those timeless pieces but I also enjoy hunting for that trendy accessory that would complete my outfit and reflect the styles of the day. Being able to throw a shawl or a wrap (either purchased or one that I have knitted myself) over my outfit makes Fall my favourite season.

 

Meloe Dress in Heart Print (also available in Diamond Print) by Montreal label Schwiing; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Taupe (also available in Black, Ash Plum, Forest Green and Navy) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

As soon as I entered the store, my eyes took in the eclectic collection. After closer look at the clothes and accessories and a chat with Angela, I discovered that Canadian designers are responsible for those gorgeous collections. The clothes can be enjoyed and worn comfortably by everyone no matter what body-type they may have.

 

Friday Dress in Plum Cats Prints (also available in Black Floral and Teal Waves) by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

Are there any ways parents can engage to help their children maintain a drive to succeed in school (especially in subjects they may be less fond of)?

 

I like to think that teaching is a partnership between myself, the child and the parent(s). Close communication and a shared interest in the child’s success is necessary.

 

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Not all parents speak French (my own don’t) but I know that parents are willing to take their children to the library or the bookstore to access French books geared to the child’s level of knowledge.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Mustard (also available in six other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Navy (also available in Black, Ash Plum, Forest Green and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Necklace by Nova Scotia label Beck & Boosh

 

The internet also provides countless resources to help shore up the child’s abilities. However, the encouragements that parents provide still remains the most important thing to help motivate their children.

 

Friday Dress in Black (also available in Plum Cats and Teal Waves) Floral by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

What is one proud teaching moment you’ve experienced?

 

Everyone talks about the “A ha” moment and it is exactly that. Seeing the dawning comprehension in their eyes, the ability to orally compose a sentence entirely in French and actually verbalized and/or write it down is a sweet moment of which I never tire. It may happen in front of me or it may happen in high school. As long as it happens, I will savour it.

 

Meloe Dress in Heart Print (also available in Diamond Print) by Montreal label Schwiing; Sylvia Compartment Purse in Taupe (also available in Black, Ash Plum, Forest Green and Navy) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Through an incredible amount of work and group effort, my school was awarded the Indigo grant last year that is allowing our school to purchase books for the school library and classrooms. Children need access to books in order to improve their literacy skills and thereby prepare them for their future roles in society.

 

Angela Dress in Purple (also available in Pine, Burgundy and Navy) by Fresh Collective’s very own label, Palette by Laura-Jean; Necklace by Nova Scotia label Beck & Boosh

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I am an avid knitter, crocheter and a relatively recent jewelry crafter. Having seen me knit and wear my own knitted/crocheted designs, my students have evinced an interest in learning how to knit and crochet and I am in the process of organizing a Knitting/Crochet Club.

Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Jane Pascucci

Name: Jane Pascucci

Occupation: Special Education and ESL Teacher

Age: It’s just a number!!

Lifestyle: Feet on the ground, but head in the clouds

 

Top by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Skirt by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Greta Tote in Black (also available in Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

One word I would use to describe my typical day is hectic… It’s like a moving bus with many stops–or like the Amazing Race. I get up in the morning, get my kids ready for school. We are out the door by 8:00 a.m. After I drop them off at school, I get in to work and it’s like a whirlwind, non-stop till the bell rings at 3:30.

 

 

Then part two begins when I get home. Dinner, my homework, the children’s homework, family time (when we’re not running to some activity like soccer, hockey, piano, photography class or snowboarding lesson).

 

Top by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Skirt by Toronto label Studio Fresh

 

I try to carve some “me time” in between the hustle and bustle by doing yoga, meditation, or going for a long walk.

 

Angela Dress in Pine (also available in Purple, Burgundy and Navy) by Fresh Collective’s very own label, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

It’s hard to say just one thing that is really important to me. Obviously I would put my family at the top of the list but I would also say living my life to the fullest, being the best version possible of me, and experiencing all the ups and downs life has to offer is important as well.

 

Friday Dress in Black (also available in Plum Cats and Teal Waves) Floral by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Discovering penicillin…but wait, that’s been taken. My sense of humour, the ability to make people smile and feel good about themselves. Life is too short to be so serious all the time.

 

Friday Dress in Teal Waves (also available in Black Floral and Plum Cats) by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I love fashion. I like choosing pieces that are in fashion and trendy, yet make them my own so they fit my lifestyle. I also like having a few classic pieces that never go out of style.

 

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My one go-to item is my blue jean jacket. I can’t live without it. I think the clothes we wear tell a story. They are an outer reflection of our feelings or state of mind.

 

Silver World Globe Necklace by Nova Scotia label Beck & Boosh

 

Lizea Skirt in Cat Print (also available in Black) by Montreal label Schwiing; Necklace by Nova Scotia label Beck & Boosh

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The first time I walked into Fresh Collective I was impressed by the eclectic vibe of the store. So many items to choose from along with fabulous accessories.

 

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My most favourite part of the store is all the pieces are made in Canada, by Canadian designers, and they are affordable.

 

Top by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Skirt by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Greta Tote in Black (also available in Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

Describe your ideal fall outfit!

 

Long burgundy or forest green knit sweater, black leggings (or skinny jeans), suede ankle boots, topped off by a funky colourful scarf.

 

Top by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Skirt by Toronto label Studio Fresh

 

As a teacher, what’s the most rewarding aspect of your career?

 

The most rewarding aspect is the moment you can see in a child’s eyes that they understand the concept you are teaching them. That ‘light bulb’ moment when their eyes light up because they got it. It’s also knowing that you are having a positive impact on a child’s life that makes my job so satisfying.

 

Angela Dress in Pine (also available in Purple, Burgundy and Navy) by Fresh Collective’s very own label, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What made you decide to follow this professional avenue?

 

I like to say that this profession found me. In university, I studied languages but had no idea what I wanted to do. A lot of my friends knew from a young age they wanted to be teachers but I was never sure. Like I always tell my daughter, life puts us where we are meant to be.

 

Angela Dress in Pine (also available in Purple, Burgundy and Navy) by Fresh Collective’s very own label, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What is your teaching philosophy?

 

It’s not about what you teach but more about how you make your students feel. That’s what they will remember. If they feel valued and respected they are more apt to take risks and not be afraid to make mistakes…. and that’s when real, authentic learning takes place.

 

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As teachers, our role is to facilitate our students’ learning. In this digital age that we live in, teaching is not so focused on content as it was thirty years ago.

 

Friday Dress in Teal Waves (also available in Black Floral and Plum Cats) by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

It’s about teaching our kids to be critical and discerning thinkers who are able to evaluate and synthesize all the information available to them.

 

Friday Dress in Black Floral (also available in Plum Cats and Teal Waves) by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be involved with a grant application to Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. The school where I teach, won the grant and was awarded a large amount of money to help buy books for our school library and classrooms, which are in so desperate need as our school board has limited funding to buy books.

 

Friday Dress in Black Floral (also available in Plum Cats and Teal Waves) by Halifax label Poison Pear

 

I believe that every child needs to have access to books and the opportunity to learn how to read in order to spark their imagination and develop their literacy skills.

 

Lizea Skirt in Cat Print (also available in Black) by Montreal label Schwiing; Necklace by Nova Scotia label Beck & Boosh

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

One of my newest endeavors: dragon boating.

Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Danielle Saint-Onge

Name: Danielle Saint-Onge

Occupation: Teacher and Executive Functioning Coach

Age: 35

Lifestyle: Active

 

Teri Reversible Tank Top in Sapphire (also available in White and Crimson!) by Canadian label Arianne; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Taupe (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Forest Green) by Markham label Pixie Mood; The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

We start early in our house. I generally try and hit the alarm for 5:45 am so that I can squeeze a morning work-out in, before coming home and assembling the troops for school. My husband is also a teacher, so everyone is out the door by 7:45 am.

 

 

I work full-time as a teacher librarian/ kindergarten music teacher (that’s my day job) and spend either my evenings at home with my five-year-old twins, or running my private coaching practice for kids and families with executive functioning difficulties. So a typical day has me out from about 6:00 am-7:00 pm.

 

It’s super busy, but always dynamic!

 

Dania Tunic in Fall Floral (also available in Midnight Blue, Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Kim Convertible Backpack in Ash Plum (also available in Forest Green, Navy, Taupe and Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

I’m all about connections. My goal is to continuously help support building connections with those around me. Whether I’m connecting with myself through self-care (ie. exercising, walking, reading), or connecting with my students at work, or building relationships with my friends and family.

 

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I believe that happiness is something you cultivate and actively construct for yourself and my pathways are all to build happiness in my own life and in the lives of those I live and work with.

 

Dania Tunic in Fall Floral (also available in Midnight Blue, Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Kim Convertible Backpack in Ash Plum (also available in Forest Green, Navy, Taupe and Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Having two young kids doesn’t leave me with a ton of time to get ready in the morning (or a huge budget!). But I love that I can walk into Fresh Collective and the sales associates are always there to help me find pieces that represent me. I have been shopping at Fresh Collective for close to ten years now and I love the beauty of unique pieces.

 

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I still remember the first time I bought a piece at FC. I was with my sister shopping for clothes for my first teaching job. I was slated to teach full-time at a kindergarten and wanted a dress that would inspire me and make me feel like Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. Laura-Jean’s Fresh Baked Goods fashion line at the time had the most amazing dresses and I immediately fell in love.

 

Dania Tunic in Cranberry (also available in Fall Floral, Midnight Blue and Charcoal) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

Since then, I’ve made it a back to school tradition of buying some key pieces to kick off the new school season. I don’t actively keep up with fashion blogs, nor do I have time to leaf through fashion magazines, but I do value beautiful things and putting on a fashion piece from FC (whether from this season, or many seasons ago) makes me feel fantastic.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Navy by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Jeans with 30″ Inseam in Shark (also available in Raisin) by Yoga Jeans; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

How has Fresh Collective shaped your life?

 

FC was my first introduction to local hand-made goods. It felt so powerful to be able to meet and connect with the artisans who had made something that I found beautiful and grew to cherish. Since discovering FC, I now make a point of going to the One of a Kind shows and seeking out the artists that I love at FC there as well, being able to connect to real people that have designed the clothes that I love to wear is an amazing experience.

 

Stelleri Top in Teal (also available in Black and Burgundy!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish BC label Birch Street Studio

 

I remember sitting in a restaurant with my daughter last year when I realized I was sitting across from clothing designer Jennifer Fukushima (one of my stand out favourites from FC!). I felt so star-struck, but managed at the end of lunch to amass the courage to go up to her and tell her how much I loved her clothes.

 

To be able to connect to artists through fashion is an amazing experience, and I’m so happy that FC helps me to do that!

 

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But FC has also helped me on my own personal health journeys too. It was after I read Laura-Jean’s fitness blog about doing Oonagh Duncan’s 28 Day transformation challenge that I decided to make the investment in myself as well.

 

Laura-Jean is a personal hero of mine, and I felt so strongly that if she had the courage to share her fitness journey, I would try it as well. And what a transformation it was! I spent a year working with Oonagh, redeveloping my relationship to food, exercise, but also to my own mind and body. I not only feel healthier and stronger, but I have so many more healthy tools that I can use to get through my day. And it all started with FC!

 

Dania Tunic in Fall Floral (also available in Midnight Blue, Cranberry and Charcoal!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Kim Convertible Backpack in Ash Plum (also available in Forest Green, Navy, Taupe and Black) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What do you love most about your work as a teacher/librarian?

 

I am a huge reader, picture books, young adult books, graphic novels etc, and being able to inspire others to read is a very rewarding experience. I teach at a school of over 700 kids and the library represents one of our main community centres. I feel very privileged being able to work in a place that helps to build community and inspire creativity.

 

This past summer, we ran a reading competition for families at our school. The goal was to see how many books a family could collectively read. It was awesome! Our highest totals saw some families reading over 40 books!

 

I love being able to support accomplishments and being able to inspire learning and creativity, it’s an incredibly rewarding experience.

 

Teri Reversible Tank Top in Sapphire (also available in White and Crimson!) by Canadian label Arianne; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Taupe (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Forest Green) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What is the most crucial thing in your go-to fall outfit?

 

Colour! I love wearing black, but I love combining colours and patterns. I always try to pair a solid with some type of colourful pattern, whether it’s through the addition of a favourite scarf, earrings, or a new set of glasses!

 

I’m also all over layering. This weather goes from cold to hot in the course of a day, so having some beautiful scarves, or boleros, or light sweaters allows me to stay in summer clothing through most of the fall. Also, investing in amazing tights/ leggings is an absolute necessity!

 

Teri Reversible Tank Top in Sapphire (also available in White and Crimson!) by Canadian label Arianne; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Taupe (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Forest Green) by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

You’re a music teacher and librarian, but you also work as an Executive Functioning Coach for kids and families. Tell us about your work and what led you down this path!

 

Having spent the past ten years working as a teacher (with many report cards written) it became increasingly apparent that many kids were struggling with the Learning Skills section on the report card.

 

This is the section that deals with organization, being responsible, impulse control, task initiation, etc. A lot of what we tend to refer to as “soft skills”. But what the research on the brain shows, is that actually these skills are all located in the same part of the brain, and they are foundational skills that set the stage for higher order thinking and learning.

 

Dania Tunic in Cranberry (also available in Fall Floral, Midnight Blue and Charcoal) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

My job as a coach is to help families and kids identify and hone in on developing the specific skills and building blocks that are weakest through a wide range of activities and exercises, so that kids can experience the type of academic and social success they deserve.

 

Dania Tunic in Cranberry (also available in Fall Floral, Midnight Blue and Charcoal) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Sylvia Compartment Purse w/Crossbody Strap in Forest Green (also available in Black, Navy, Ash Plum and Taupe) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

I feel so passionate about helping to connect kids and families to concrete tools and activities that they can use to help build capacity. So my coaching practice allows me to work one on one to develop personalized plans and programs that enable kids to succeed.

 

So often we look at the tip of the iceberg (the academic achievement), failing to realize that what lies under the water (our Executive Functioning Skills) really are the foundation that our academic success is grounded upon.

 

I like to see myself as an underwater iceberg expert. Helping children and families to explore what lies below the surface so that it can help to ground future success.

 

Joel Slouch Tee in Navy by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Jeans with 30″ Inseam in Shark (also available in Raisin) by Yoga Jeans; Laser cut necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I am currently continuing to intake families into my private coaching practice and am happy to set up free 30 minute intake calls. Please feel free to e-mail me to set up a time to chat about ways that I can help to support great foundations for success both at home and at school. Or send me an e-mail and I will send you my online information pamphlet and a short survey to see whether executive functioning coaching is the right pathway for you and your child.

 

Stelleri Top in Teal (also available in Black and Burgundy!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut necklace by Squamish BC label Birch Street Studio

 

In terms of my role as a librarian, currently my school (Rawlinson Community School) is participating in the Indigo Adopt a School online fundraising campaign. We are a 700-student school with a library in desperate need of new resources. Please consider clicking on the link below to make a donation to the school, or sharing a story on the school’s Indigo Campaign page in order to support our love of reading program. The campaign runs now until October 8 and all donations are tax deductible. Please help us continue to inspire the minds of the future!

 

https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/schools/1772

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

People can feel free to e-mail me at daniellesaintonge@gmail.com

 

Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Madjiguène Diallo

Name: Madjiguène

Occupation: Teacher

Age: 33 years old

Lifestyle: Carpe diem ❤

 

Stephanie Dress in Black (also available in Ocre, Blue and Plum) by Montreal label Annie 50

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

A typical day for me is to wake up early with music and do meditation before to going to work.

 

 

I like to start my day with a positive mind.

 

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Art is really important to me (music, art gallery, movies).

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for the joy and happiness that I’m sharing every day with my students, family and friends.

 

Ivory Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I looooove fashion! I’m French and fashion is like a religion. How to match colors, style with nice shoes and bags…

 

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You can feel very feminine and elegant with nice clothes. So we have to learn how to choose clothes.

 

Alexie 3/4 Top in Navy (available in other colours!) by Montreal label MOOVment Design

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I like Fresh Collective because you can find trendy, fancy, classy clothes and there are very comfortable pieces for every woman.

 

Stephanie Dress in Black (also available in Ocre, Blue and Plum) by Montreal label Annie 50

 

How long have you been a teacher and what has been the most rewarding aspect of this career for you?

 

For the past 6 years, I’ve been a first grade teacher for the public francophone school board (conseil scolaire Viamonde).

 

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French is my mother tongue.

 

 

Describe your ideal fall outfit!

 

My ideal fall outfit will be a short brown dress with boots and nice colorful scarf.

 

Yellow Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

Well… I love speaking. 😄 A good thing when you are teacher.

 

Ivory Flower Garden Dress by label Eva Rose

 

I’m part of a francophone theatre called “les indiciplinés” and francophone choir “les voix du coeur”. We can be totally bilingual in Toronto.

 

Alexie 3/4 Top in Navy (available in other colours!) by Montreal label MOOVment Design

 

Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Laura Reynolds

Name: Laura Reynolds

Occupation: High School Teacher

Age: 41

Lifestyle: Working Single Mom

 

The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My days are packed and go at lightening speed. My son usually wakes me up and it’s coffee, get dressed, get him dressed and out the door.

 

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I teach close to home which is great because it means more time with my son and I have a great connection to the students and my community. I teach Photography and Media Arts so each day is different and filled with problem solving and creativity.

 

After school I may go to the gym for a workout. I have dinners with my mom (who lives with us) and my son. Then it’s a little down time, story time and some shut eye.

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Obviously my son is the most important but I think that being able to be inspired by life and what is going on around me is important too.

 

Finding new ways to express this inspiration whether it’s through photography, art, teaching, cooking, whatever is essential.

 

Blue Peyton Purse by Toronto designer Jeanne Lottie

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for my positive contribution in the lives of my students.

 

Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

For me fashion is about expressing who I am while being super comfortable at the same time.

 

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I’ve experimented with different looks in my life but now that I’m in my 40s I know what makes me look good and goes with my professional yet bohemian vibe.

 

 

Describe your ideal outfit for fall!

 

Boots, Leggings, flowy blouse, and a cardigan. Oh and a killer boho bag.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I like that Fresh Collective carries a lot of Canadian Designers and environmentally friendly labels. The styles are always cutting edge and unique. They also have a wide range of sizes which cater to both the young set and the post baby older generation.

 

The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

How long have you been working in the field of education and what is the most rewarding aspect of this career for you?

 

I have been a teacher for 10 years. The most rewarding part of my job is having a former student come to visit and share with me their successes in life.

 

Blue Peyton Purse by Toronto designer Jeanne Lottie

 

Often the students who come to visit me as adults were once at-risk students who struggled both at home and at school. It makes my heart happy to see them doing well and thriving.

 

Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

How are you personally involved in helping students meet their goals and achieve success?

 

I enjoy teaching students Art and Photography because there is not the same kind of pressure as teaching the more academic subjects.

 

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I like to facilitate a learning experience for students where they can explore more about themselves and learn skills that not only will help them in their future careers but also build confidence and inner strength.