Kids aren’t the only ones who want to return to class looking crisp and cool — teachers crave an updated restart, too. And that’s why our fifth annual Teacher Makeovers drew hundreds of worthy submissions from all over Long Island.
The three who were chosen: Daphne Charles-Brown, 41, of Deer Park, a fifth-grade special education teacher at Ulysses Bays Elementary School in Roosevelt; Sabrina Brosnihan, 31, of Malverne, who has taught 11th- and 12th-grade English at Francis Lewis High School, Queens, for seven years; and Teresa Rich, 59, of Southold, who has taught biology, human anatomy, physiology and eighth-grade physical science for 25 years at Southold Junior/Senior High School.
The process began at pampering palace The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden in Garden City, where our terrific (and brave) teacher trio got the royal treatment, starting with expert consultations (check out the video). A few days later, it was on to Newsday’s studio for a glam photo shoot. The result? We think you’ll agree: They all passed this crash course with flying colors.
A sampling of fall jackets, from left: Daphne Charles-Brown in a BlankNYC leather with botanical print, $168 at Entrée boutique, Port Washington; Teresa Rich in a rose-embroidered denim, $108, by Tractr at Impulse Boutique, Greenpoint and Port Washington; and Sabrina Brosnihan in a hand-appliquéd and hand-embroidered bomber, $795 by alice+olivia, Americana Manhasset.
Daphne Charles-Brown: Before
No one was more shocked than she was to learn she was chosen for a makeover. (Her schools’ superintendent, Marnie Hazelton, submitted her name.) She confessed, “Fashion takes a back seat to everything — my kids, my work . . . everything.” Comfort is key to this teacher, who wears pants in the same colors every day — black, brown and beige — and never, ever dresses or skirts. “I need to break out of my monotony. I want to look professional but chic and not overdone,” she says.
Charles-Brown dons a faux leather jacket, $149, and floral blouse, $89, both from Chico’s; navy pants, $69.75, from Lane Bryant; red handbag, $65, justjamiescarves.com; and loafers, $139, louiseetcie.com.
Charles-Brown in a chiffon moto jacket, $79.95, and printed skirt, $69.95, both from Lane Bryant; cream shell, $89.50, from Talbots; slip-on shoes, $140, kelsidaggerbk.com; earrings, $22.50 by INC at Macy’s; necklace, $195, jaimienicole.com; ring, $295, instagram.com/diamerjewelry.
Sabrina Brosnihan: Before
"My life is teaching, and I’m totally in need of a new and improved me,” Brosnihan says. Desperately hoping to break out of the same “playing it safe” look, she says, “I’d love to dress like a superstar — like ’70s rocker chic — but nothing too extreme,” she says.
Brosnihan wears an emerald dress, $59.99 at modcloth.com; layered necklace, $28 at justjamiescarves.com; embellished leather jacket, $168 by BlankNYC at Entrée boutique, Port Washington; boots, $325, pourlavictoire.com; studded bag, $278 by Vince Camuto.
Brosnihan rocks a flower printed top by Alfani, $39.99, Macy’s; joggers, $115 by Lysse at Entrée boutique, Port Washington; studded black jacket, $198, by Free People, Macy’s; studded boots, $94.99, koolaburra.com; teal bag, $64.99, modcloth.com; earrings, $58, Vince Camuto; leaf necklace, $39.95, Coldwater Creek.
Teresa Rich: Before
Rich is turning 60 in October (“a number that feels really weird,” she says), and she wrote that when she meets her students in September, she doesn’t want their first impression to be, “Oh, no! Not an old, boring teacher.” She admits to being “stuck in a rut, and I tend to choose clothes that are as boring as heck.” One of her fashion foibles? Wearing too preppy, too baggy clothes that hide her stellar figure.
Rich in a satiny floral jacket, $199, and white blouse, $89.50, both at Talbots; skinny sailor pant, $49.99 from modcloth.com; mules, $245, pourlavictoire.com; necklace, $84.95, Coldwater Creek; bracelets, $35, instagram.com/diamerjewelry; bag, $248, Vince Camuto.
Rich wears a flowery frock by Adrianna Papell, $139.99, modcloth.com.