Paula moved to Hudson to retire and write another book. She got hooked on girls and hasn't stopped thinking about Perfect Ten since the day it was born. She is involved in every aspect of the program, works with the girls almost everyday, and works with the school district and other community organizations to develop a broader network for Perfect Ten. Her past lives have included a career in advertising which led to the Presidency of a large New York agency, teaching at the university level, and authoring a published book. She has two independent children and a very cool husband. Paula is the original gritty girl.
Emily is a perpetual seeker, often asking questions like: Who are we? Why are we here? What can we contribute? Upon graduating from Cornell University, Emily committed herself to exploring these questions. She found inspiration in New York City pursuing various creative communications endeavors. She found family and community while learning how to make damn good sourdough bread in New York's Finger Lakes region. She found beauty and balance working as a vegetable and flower farmer in the Hudson Valley. And, through experiences at a children's museum, various schools, and now at Perfect Ten, Emily found her passion for helping girls discover and uncover passion of their own. She embraces the opportunities to learn about each girl's personal journey, to prompt critical thought, and to help girls find acceptance and love towards themselves and others. Emily is humbled to share divine space with such divine young women.
APPEI (FAITH) PORBENI
A poet at heart, Faith is guided by her love for the arts and her passion for creativity. She often says her imagination is her greatest asset and her greatest sense of entertainment. She has a deep love for learning from others and sharing what she's learnt and encourages others to share their deepest revelations, no matter how odd they may seem (after all, knowledge that isn't shared is essentially good for nothing).Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, she moved to the US for her college education and has been enamored with the culture shift and how others live and thrive in environments that are very unlike hers. She strongly believes that the key to solving the world's problems lie in communication, empathy, and understanding of our fellow individual and Faith hopes to foster a change in which people are more open about their emotions. She has a deep love for Christ, novels, video games, comic books, and just about anything nerdy.
Teresa began mentoring with Perfect Ten in 2014. Soon after she was asked to come join the P10 team in leading the “Sprouts” classes at the After School Program at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School. Teresa is also a part time actress in New York City. Her education and performance opportunities in the arts started over twenty years ago in Los Angeles (arriving in NYC in 97’) and continues to this day. She enjoys her time with the girls’ very much. “My favorite subject to teach is drama of course and having the girls’ explore their imaginations in their journals! Writing is thinking!!”