She looks like a movie star but she's actually star of the classroom—and several REALM campaigns. Find out what her students have taught music/drama teacher Vanda Thomas about life + why she loves REALM.
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What do you do for work?
I am a music and drama teacher; I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am originally from England, where I studied performing arts in London and worked as an actress and singer, until moving to Philadelphia with my husband in 2005. Now I take my love of theater into the classroom. Sharing music and storytelling with children is incredibly rewarding. Through the arts children build confidence, they learn to harnesses their creativity and let their imaginations fly! Getting to experience this every day is such a gift and I feel so fortunate to have that.
and for play?
I absolutely love going to the theater, especially musicals. I also love reading, cooking and traveling, but nothing makes me happier than spending time with my wonderful family and friends.
What have you learned from being a teacher?
I have learned that we never stop learning. That it’s important to listen, be open minded to new ideas and to ask questions. Whether it’s the children in your classroom or the colleagues you work with, their thoughts and voices matter. Being open to new experiences, gaining new insights and knowledge help you grow as a teacher and as a person. I know without a doubt that every day I learn more from the children I teach, than they will ever learn from me.
Be real, authentic and always truthful.
An Empress loves fiercely, putting her heart and soul into everything. She knows that even if she gets hurt it will ultimately make her stronger.
Show compassion and take the time to listen to people. Their stories might inspire you, change you and end up helping you in ways you didn’t even know you needed.
Our current campaign highlights different definitions of "Classic" for both women and jewelry. What does "Modern Classic" mean to you?
To me, a modern classic is a blend of sophistication with a contemporary feel. An elegant and timeless piece that embraces and complements the current trends.
If you had to pick only 3 favorite pieces of REALM Fine + Fashion Jewelry what would they be?
Domain Petite Portrait Hoop in Rose Gold for every day, effortless style.
Domain Petite Portrait Pave Hoop in Rose Gold/CZ Noir for a touch of glamour! [style coming this December]
Domain Duet Petite Cuff Bracelet in 18k Gold: beautiful and understated.
WHY DO YOU LOVE REALM?
"The jewelry is beautiful and a joy to wear, but what I really love about REALM is the creativity and thought that has gone into each collection. When Ann explains the meaning and message behind each design, you appreciate that it is so much more than jewelry, it’s empowering and that is the true beauty."