Administrator’s Corner 2017-03-10T17:46:35+00:00

Hear From the Experts!

High School Sites

Name: Vanessa Coppeto
School/Site: Valley Stream North High School
Position: North High School: Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher

  1. How would you describe your schools/site’s experience with our programs (Beautiful Me and/or Raising a Beautiful Child)?
    • Beautiful Me has brought so many positive experiences to the young girls who have attended the program! Their enthusiasm and acceptance of the program is what inspired us to continue Beautiful Me at our school each year. Many faculty members expressed interest in becoming trained year after year. With the administration’s support, this is possible.
  2. How is Beautiful Me taught at your site (i.e.: during the school day, after school, through the Guidance Counselor’s Office, Health Class, etc.)?
    • Beautiful Me is taught through the Home & Career Skills classes at Valley Stream North High School. Beautiful Me is run during various periods throughout the day. Since the Home & Career Skills classes are run during the Fall & Spring semesters, the Beautiful Me program is presented twice a year to accommodate all students.
  3. How did you attract your staff/colleagues to attend the Beautiful Me Teacher Training?
    • After collaborating with two of my colleagues about bringing Beautiful Me to our school four years ago, I spoke at our faculty meeting about what the program offers young girls. After the meeting, I received several emails from faculty members expressing interest to participate! I decided to hold a Professional Development meeting where a representative from the Hance Family Foundation came to speak to approximately 14 teachers. Since that very first meeting, we continue to have more teachers trained every year!
  4. How likely are you to work with the Beautiful Me team in the future?
    • This is my fourth year teaching Beautiful Me at Valley Stream North High School! This has become a “tradition” at my school— where girls look forward to participating in Beautiful Me. I intend to bring the program here every year! In addition, I have coordinated Raising A Beautiful Child to be brought to the district for the first time this year. I can’t wait to share this with the parents.
  5. How did you introduce Beautiful Me and/or Raising a Beautiful Child to your school community (including parents)?
    • In order to introduce the programs to the parents, I sent home a letter with information about the Hance Family Foundation. The letter detailed the Beautiful Me program and how it can benefit their child. In addition, my district created a video about the program and the implementation at Valley Stream North High School. The video is still up and running on the district’s website. The Beautiful Me Program at North has also been featured in local papers, such as the Observer and the Herald.
  6. Please feel free to share a personal anecdote re: your experience with Beautiful Me and/or Raising a Beautiful Girl.
    • Struggling with self-esteem and body issues as a young teen is exceptionally difficult and much needed, effective programs did not exist before Beautiful Me. After becoming a trained facilitator, I learned so much about myself. This program has helped ME to become a confident adult who can finally accept her unique qualities! In addition, the valuable lessons learned through this program have helped me guide my two daughters to be positive role models who are able to accept their inner beauty. I am so grateful for this program, the amazing representatives who volunteer their time to train all of us, and to the Hance Family for allowing us to honor Emma, Alyson and Katie.

University/College Sites

Name: Mary Elizabeth Crimmins
School/Site: Salve Regina University
Position: Acting Director of Student Activities

  1. How would you describe your schools/site’s experience with our programs (Beautiful Me and/or Raising a Beautiful Girl)?
    • Beautiful Me was brought to Salve Regina University on November 15th, 2014. We had 20 students participate. The students truly enjoyed the program and took a lot from it.
  2. How is Beautiful Me taught in your site (i.e.: during the day, after school, through the Guidance Counselor’s Office, Health Class, etc.)?
    • It was taught on a Saturday in November in a lecture hall then we broke out into several classrooms.
  3. How did you attract your staff or colleagues to attend the Beautiful Me Teacher Training?
    • I personally called staff/faculty to participate and emailed them. Calling worked best, as emails and flyers can get “lost in the shuffle.”
  4. How likely are you to work with the Beautiful Me team in the future?
    • Very likely! I have worked with Beautiful Me a number of times and will continue in the future! It’s a fantastic program and I believe all girls in college settings should participate.
  5. How did you introduce Beautiful Me to your school community (including parents)?
    • I worked as the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. I spoke to key players (Resident Life, Clubs, Organizations, Dean of Students) and spoke to clubs and organizations on campus that had a focus on self-esteem and creating positive spaces.

Elementary School Sites

Name: Heidi-Marie Pepe
School/Site: P.S./I.S. 113
Position: PS/IS 113 Teacher/Intern

  1. How would you describe your schools/site’s experience with our programs (Beautiful Me and/or Raising a Beautiful Girl)?
    • Our experience has been wonderful! The trainers are extremely helpful, flexible and knowledgable. Our girls love the program and constantly ask me when it’s their grades’ turn to go!
  2. How is Beautiful Me taught in your site (i.e.: during the day, after school, through the Guidance Counselor’s Office, Health Class, etc.)?
    • We teach it after school for 50 minutes on Tuesdays.
  3. How did you attract your staff or colleagues to attend the Beautiful Me Teacher Training?
    • I presented briefly at Professional Development about Beautiful Me and many of the female staff members were excited and eager to volunteer!
  4. How likely are you to work with the Beautiful Me team in the future?
    • Very—I will stay connected with the Hance Family Foundation!
  5. How did you introduce Beautiful Me and/or Raising a Beautiful Child to your school community (including parents)?
    • We shared information through hand outs and word of mouth. We just scheduled Raising a Beautiful Child and can’t wait!
  6. Please feel free to share a personal anecdote regarding your experience with Beautiful Me.
    • When I first did the Beautiful Me training, I realized how valuable this program is for women of all ages. As a “thirty-something” year old woman who has a successful career and a wonderful life, I found that some topics (specifically when talking about my body) were uncomfortable for me and I felt very insecure. I got a lot out of the program, and if girls can accept themselves and love themselves from when they are young, they will grow into confident and secure women... and that’s what the world needs more of!