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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Fashion Speaks At LA’s Emerson Theater To Benefit No Right Brain Left Behind

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Photo Credit: John Boatner

The Emerson Theater in Hollywood was abuzz Wednesday night, June 26 as two fashion shows dazzled our senses with some crazy haute couture style from Maor Luz, Maggie Barry, Tumbler & Tipsy and T. Rains. The fashion show creatively featured Slater models and was curated by founder Hasson HarrisProject Ethos Event Fashion Director Joshua Washington always had a dream to bring out the best of fashion and models in a gala-like runway show event to raise awareness for charities he is passionate about, creating “Fashion Speaks.” Teaming up with Project Ethos and Slater Model Management, the vision came to life.

An important reason for being there, besides the pumping tunes and groovy styles, was bringing awareness to the charity No Right Brain Left Behind, founded by Leonardo DiCaprio-looking Victor Venson. Victor spoke passionately about his ideas of recreating the library model that has been around for centuries, and how creativity is the number one leadership trait of the future and creativity needs to be kept in the classroom. Teachers can’t prepare kids for 21st century problem solving while working in a 19th century school system.

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Already several public high schools in Los Angeles, like Green Dot schools Watts and Locke, have unused libraries that are going to be turned into a creative interactive spaces. No Right Brain Left Behind and Green Dot Public Schools’ Salamander Project will transform a neglected library at Locke High School into an Innovation Space while developing the HackerSpace in a Box ‘Creativity Generator’ to foster students’ exploration, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving.

I think we all know how different the world is today due to the Internet, and fostering creativity with today’s youth is essential for their personal happiness and success with any career path.

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