My name is Callie Clark-Wood. I worked at La Vie Est Belle as a sales associate in 2011 and 2012 while I was working on my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading and Language Arts at FSU in Panama City. For part of that time, I was also working as a research assistant for the Florida Center for Reading Research.
Currently, I am a third grade teacher at Butler Elementary School. Since working at La Vie, I have taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. This is currently the start of my fifth year teaching. I hope to one day become a reading or curriculum coach, but want to have at least a couple more years’ experience in the classroom before taking on this type of position.
A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops” – Henry Adams
The most beneficial skill I gained from working at La Vie Est Belle, was to learn to connect with everyone I met. All types of people from all over the world are drawn to Wendy’s designs and I always tried to find a connection with each of them in order to personalize their experience at the gallery. It was a great skill to develop and I now use that in many aspects of my life and current career.
The first piece I got was a pink versatile necklace. I was always the person that wore my traditional strand of pearls with everything, even jeans and a t-shirt. Before I even worked for Wendy, I went into the gallery. When I saw the unique design, and the beautiful color, I knew I had to have it and saved for weeks to make it happen. It was the first “real purchase” I made after graduating from college and trying to make it on my own.
If I could say anything to Wendy, I would say thank you for welcoming me at a time when I really wanted to make a change in my life and go back to school for my master’s degree. I felt supported and know that she has never stopped rooting for me.
The beautiful Callie is just the beginning of this stroll down memory lane. Stay tuned to see who is next!