PHOTO: Karlee Bailey, left, a fifth-grade teacher at Hendersonville’s Nanny Berry Elementary, shows off the outfits she chose during a styling session with fashion blogger Porsche Pope, right, in Goodwill’s Style Your Teacher Back-2-School Giveaway on Aug. 2.
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A Sumner County teacher was one of three lucky educators to receive personal styling session with a well-known fashion blogger, free outfits and school supplies in a giveaway on Thursday sponsored by Goodwill.
The winning teachers were Karlee Bailey, a fifth-grade teacher at Nanny Berry Elementary in Hendersonville; Totika Mansfield, who teaches students with learning disabilities in grades 9-12 at Page High School in Franklin; and Donyelle Townsend, an 11th grade English teacher at Lead Academy High in Nashville. They were chosen from among more than 100 teachers nominated for the giveaway by their students, parents and community members who felt their exemplary skills and special dedication to their students deserved recognition.
Bailey graduated from Tennessee State University in 2009 and for three years worked with special education students as a teacher’s assistant. She said that in 2012 she began teaching science at Hunter Middle School in Hendersonville, and in 2017 her seventh-grade students’ standardized test scores ranked first in the district and 18th in the state.
“I hope to bring the same success teaching all academic subjects to my fifth-grade students this year,” she added. “It will take a lot of work, but I am looking forward to the challenge.”
On Thursday, Porsche “Polished” Pope, a Nashville fashion blogger and stylist, devoted an hour-long styling session to each of the three Goodwill Style Your Teacher Back-2-School Giveaway winners. Each teacher also received a $50 gift card from Goodwill a $100 gift card for school supplies from Dollar General. The styling sessions were held at the Rivergate Goodwill store, 2101 Gallatin Pike N. in Madison.
Porsche demonstrated the benefits of shopping at Goodwill for back-to-school gear, including low prices on tax-free clothing, a 10 percent daily discount for students and teachers and racks organized by color to help shoppers find standard school attire. Also, Goodwill’s First Saturday 50 Percent Off sale on Saturday, Aug. 4 — is well-timed to help shoppers save money and look stylish for the start of the new school year.
The three giveaway winners, who like many school teachers frequently purchase supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets, said the prizes would come in handy.
“The clothing definitely will help with professional dress,” Bailey said, “Teachers, on their salaries, do not have the monetary means to go out and buy clothes all the time. And with the Dollar General gift card I plan to buy white boards, books, colored pencils and things for my classroom writing center.”
Bailey, a frequent Goodwill shopper at the Goodwill stores in Hendersonville and Madison, says she supports the nonprofit not only because of its bargains but because it helps people through it’s mission of changing lives through education, training and employment.
“I like the opportunity it gives people to get work experience who might not have it at other venues,” she said.
Find more information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers at www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.