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Turner's 25: Ms. Probst


Mrs. Probst, St. Ursula’s legendary design teacher is adored by many. Welcome to the first edition of Turner’s 25 with Ms. Alison Probst.


On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life right now?

Life is rather taxing at the moment considering COVID. It seems to make things more critical. Although I like that there is not as much traffic on the streets.


If you were to describe yourself in a hashtag, what would it be?

#Mother #Designer #Educator


If your life was a musical, what would the marquee say?

It would say “Oh what a wonderful morning! Oh what a wonderful day! I have a wonderful feeling! Everything’s going my way!”


What’s your go to bed ritual?

Early to bed and “read, read, read, read, read.”


What’s your favorite time of day?

I really do like the mornings.


Dream country to visit?

I would like to go to Australia but I think it’s a bit too far.


What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?

Having my children Jasmine (38), Alistair (36), and Lyndon (33)


Heels or flats/sneakers?

Oh, definitely flats.


Vintage or new?

Both, really.


Who do you want to write your obituary?

I would like to write it myself.


Style icon?

I don’t have one. I don’t look at anyone in particular.


What are three things you can’t live without?

I need my cortisone cream, my eucerin cream, and my foundation.


What’s one ingredient you put in everything?

Oh I like ginger. I loooove ginger drinks.


What 3 people living or dead would you like to make dinner for?

Well, I would like to make dinner for Leonard Cohen, probably wouldn’t mind making food for The Beatles.


What’s your biggest fear in life?

That something will happen to my kids.


Window or aisle seat?

Oh, definitely window seat.


Favorite app?

I have been really enjoying the podcasts app lately.


Secret talent?

I can cook really well. I am a meat and potatoes kind of girl.


Most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

Well, I got married two or three days before coming to the U.S. I got married in the Black Forest of Germany at the age of 22.


How would you define yourself in three words?

I would say that I am sunny, curious, and have a lot of will-power. I am very passionate in what I do.


Favorite piece of clothing you own?

Generally speaking, I have always enjoyed wearing jumpsuits.


What’s inspiring you in life right now?

Well, my grandchildren.


Best piece of advice you’ve received?

My mother always told me, ‘If a job's worth doing, it’s worth doing well. And don’t do it if you aren’t going to do it well.


What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for being courageous and always having mind over matter and of course being an excellent mother and a dynamite teacher.


How do you define beauty?

From the inside out.