Switching from ESL teacher to entrepreneurial jewelry and accessories designer wasn't the original plan for Edmontonian Kristen Mackie. Kristen started her education at the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Shortly after completing her B.A., Kristen furthered her studies and added a Bachelor of Education After Degree to her credentials. She majored in social studies with a minor in English as a Second Language and she began her career teaching ESL at Grant MacEwan University.
It wasn't until late 2012 that Kristen decided to take the big step to establish ELiasz and eLLa Jewelry & Accessories with her husband -- and commit full time to her entrepreneurial desire!