"Love the safe, comfortable atmosphere. Love all the practical, specific examples that were used to illustrate otherwise abstract or obtuse business concepts" — Ellen Julia Brown

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Overall, Ellie was patient, encouraging and intuitive. I really appreciated that Ellie first took the time to show us, step by step what we were learning, took the time to be sure we understood and asked us to repeat the steps back to her, before we sat down to do it on our own. When I made a mistake, she suggested I just leave it and continue on, but she could tell I preferred to start over and she encouraged me to do what made me happy with the final product rather than what she would do. She was laid back and free with praise. She was very aware that everyone has different learning styles which is rare to find. 

— Justine Berkowicz, Sewing Student

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Ellie was easy to understand, spoke in terms that a beginner like me could comprehend and generally wonderful to learn from. She established herself as a sewing expert, so I knew I was learning from the best. Ellie stopped for questions and genuinely wanted to impart knowledge. 

— Kathleen McKinnon, Sewing Student

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Ellie LumComment

Ellie is a rare and refreshing educator. I marvel constantly at her effortless ability to express genuine appreciation for each and every individual she encounters. Her straightforward pragmatism is underpinned by deep kindness. I greatly appreciate not only the gentle affirmations she consistently radiates, but also the fact that she's incredibly well-prepared to tackle everything she commits herself to. She gives herself wholly to everything she does, and her energy and enthusiasm are utterly contagious.

Ellie is not only very intuitive, but is also genuinely concerned with the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical thriving of the people around her. She never fails to check in with each and every student, and tirelessly devotes her time and energy to offering whatever form of support people need. She has encouraged and inspired me to pursue the holistic health she teaches through her own practice of life. The compassion she extends to herself is an open invitation to those around her to do the same. 

— Kristian Kim, Food & Justice Storytelling Student

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Ellie LumComment

She seemed to genuinely like what she was doing and made it completely unintimidating. 

- Sewing Student

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Ellie LumComment

She's super thorough. Ellie knows common pain points and addresses them in a fun way (ie teaching her what she just taught us, asking questions, reminders (foot down!). She's very approachable. I loved that she gave variations on projects to students that moved faster than others without compromising her attention to students that needed more help. GREAT TEACHER. 

 Linda Tsan, Intro to Sewing Student.

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