Gwen of http://allmyseams.blogspot.com recently commented:
"Faye, I don't remember you ever saying on your blog exactly what you do for a living. But, by the photos you post, I assume you are a hair stylist teacher, or own a studio, or something akin to that."
I am actually working in my dream. I have been a licensed master cosmetologist for 25 years; licensed instructor for 5 years. Prior to becoming an instructor I worked part-time at two salons; and afterwards managed my own salon for 13 years.
I've been employed by our local Technical College (fully accredited) for 11 years (6 years as adjunct and 5 years as full time instructor). I taught on the adult level for 6 years, and am in my 5th year as high school instructor, which is an all together entirely different mindset as you might guess. I work in an actual high school.
My students are Dually Enrolled which mean they earn high school and college credit simultaneously. The classes are college level with a number of the students transferring to full-time college enrollment to complete the program. My two year program gives them a head start on diploma program. After transferring they then go on to test for state licensure. A number of my students have even gone on to salon ownership.
It is a very rewarding program - both for students and for me. I follow-up on them after transfer. I am so very proud that they can actually keep up with the adult students when they enter college full time. Our diploma can also lead to a Crossover Barber-Stylist Certificate, and/or a Technical Studies Degree - which is transferable.
Working in this program is a privilege and a pleasure. I had ALWAYS wanted to teach something, I just took the long way getting to it. I call my job walking in my dream...