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
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).
I try to carve some “me time” in between the hustle and bustle by doing yoga, meditation, or going for a long walk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My most favourite part of the store is all the pieces are made in Canada, by Canadian designers, and they are affordable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is there anything else we should know about you?
One of my newest endeavors: dragon boating.