In Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week…

Meet Sister Michaela O’Brien, the teacher that Changed Jeanne’s life!

Sister Michaela

Sister Michaela O’Brien was a young nun who taught Biology at Saint Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, which Jeanne attended. In addition, Sister Michaela was in charge of the drama department and it was there that she changed Jeanne’s life.

Sister recognized Jeanne’s natural talent and encouraged it. Jeanne flourished on stage…appearing in many productions including the starring role in the Senior class play ‘I Remember Mama’. Jeanne and Sister became life-long friends.

In fact, when Jeanne went to college, she intended to become an elementary school teacher, no doubt influenced by Sister. Then came time for ‘practice teaching’ in a classroom with real kids.

That was a rude awakening for Jeanne. She loved creating fun bulletin boards and decorating the classroom walls and windows…but disciplining a room full of high energy young kids…not so much!

Fortunately, she soon met Butch Bice who swept her off her feet and rescued her from the classroom.

There are those who say Jeanne found her classroom at QVC, where her inspiration and storytelling provided valuable life lessons for women all over America!

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By |2020-05-06T13:37:12-04:00May 6th, 2020|Inspirational, Remembering, Stories|3 Comments


  1. CHRISTINE ANGELA BRAILSFORD May 7, 2020 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Loverly story, Im so happy Jeanne met Butch and he swept off her feet and saved her from having to teach those kids, she was meant to design quacker factory clothes, we all miss her but thankfull she brought us all lovely clothes to wear, i always wear quacker clothes, and they are so well made, your legacy lives on Jeanne, thank you so much !

    • Tiago R June 15, 2020 at 8:32 am - Reply

      Thank you Christine for reading this blog. We are so happy you love our clothes.

  2. Vicki August 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I remember watching Jeanne on QVC many years ago. She was so entertaining! He headbands looked so cute she inspired me to create one out of a bandana and some gold cording. When my mom saw it she wanted me to make her some and then she too started watching Jeanne and bought several pieces of Quacker Factory clothing and always looked very stylish. I remember an 2 piece outfit she bought for me that was black and white check with red ladybugs- I wore it constantly until I gained too much weight. Sadly my mom passed away and I passed her clothes on to a sweet neighbor of hers who greatly appreciated them.

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