When the coronavirus pandemic hit and the public was forced self-quarantine, many learning institutions were left paralyzed.
The Temple Annapolis was not one of them.
In an abundance of caution, we’d been monitoring COVID-19 and planning for distance learning weeks ahead of schedule. Our education division had reevaluated and adapted the curriculum and put the steps in place to make the necessary changes to not only offer the theory curriculum but also the practical learning virtually. The result was a virtually seamless transition to distance learning.
Due to this preparation, The Temple Frederick and The Temple Annapolis were the only cosmetology schools in the state given permission to offer theory and practical education affording the opportunity for enrolled students to retain all of their hours and continue their education without interruption.
“The leaders of this school along with learning leaders and support staff are avidly committed to providing our students with a solid foundation for entering the beauty profession. We pride ourselves on staying abreast of industry trends and teaching the most up-to-date techniques in a real world environment even during this crisis,” said Charles Riser co-owner of the schools.
“We’re doing everything we can to ensure an excellent experience for them,” added Sharon Riser co-owner. “We’ve increased the opportunity to expose them to expert guest artists and specialty classes on both a local and national level as well as providing curbside pickup for remote tools and supply packages.”
Not only have Temple students been able to stay the course of their education, they’ve also been treated to a plethora of new and added benefits as well.
In addition to core practical work, additional advancement lectures and specialty classes have been offered as well as themed classes, contests, certifications and business and salon management practical applications.
CosmoProf Beauty hosted the second annual Licensed to Create Awards at the Premiere Orlando international beauty event, June 2, 2019 — and Paul Mitchell Future Professional Sara Jones won the award for Best Student Cut, one of 15 categories for offered to licensed professionals and student cosmetologists in the competition.
Sara had only been a student at The Temple Annapolis, A Paul Mitchell Partner School in Annapolis, Maryland, for six months before “accidentally” entering the contest. After learning in school how to increase engagement and promote herself through social media, Sara started posting her work every day, tagging her school, Paul Mitchell, and the products she used to achieve each look. One of the tags she randomly used in an effort to boost engagement was #licensedtocreate.
“Honestly, I didn’t even know I was entering into this contest world,” Sara said—until she woke up one day and saw herself mentioned in a story on CosmoProf’s Instagram: she was a finalist for Best Student Cut!
At Premiere Orlando, Sara joined over 2,500 beauty professionals to walk the gold carpet, meet and take selfies with industry icons, be interviewed by trade media, and connect with peers prior to the event’s start. She said it was “such a shocking, good feeling” when the legendary Sam Villa announced her name and presented her with the award for Best Student Cut.
Working with a theater group doing special effects make up opened her eyes to the career possibilities an education in cosmetology could offer. Carmen’s ultimate goal is to work on sets doing special effects and editorial make up.
As a Future Professional, she’s learned she truly loves make up but also loves hair too —especially transforming clients’ hair into unicorns and rainbows. Carmen has also learned that you can learn form everyone; each person has something to offer and keeping an open mind is key.
Carmen’s advice for other Future Professionals: don’t be so harsh on yourself and don’t compare yourself to others. Her advice to people a little nervous about starting the process to enroll at Temple Annapolis, “Just know if you work hard then you will do great. This industry has amazing opportunities for everyone. Don’t let them pass you by!”
Creativity and passion drew her to the beauty industry.
Since becoming a Future Professional, she’s learned how to be patient (because that’s an absolutely necessary skill in this industry). She’s learned patience with herself, other Future Professionals, and clients.
One of the most rewarding parts about cosmetology school is seeing clients smile after a job well done. What’s been the most challenging in her journey has been being disappointed in herself for wanting to be the best but then always reminding herself that she’s still learning and growing with room to still make mistakes.
Her advice to people that already have a passion for the industry but are a little nervous to take the jump to become a #TempleAnnapolis Future Professional is: “Sometimes you just have to go for it and try, just so you don’t regret not trying in the future”
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He was drawn to the cosmetology industry because when he was younger, he visualized himself doing makeup for fashion shows but he put that dream on hold because of outside criticism.
Since being a Temple Annapolis Future Professional, he’s learned to have more confidence in his skills
Ohseas has learned that other people can have good days and bad days and that’s ok, you just have to understand where they’re coming from and support them no matter the day.
Advice he would share with other Future Professionals is:
“You can’t do it” because I always thought I wasn’t going to be able to do everything I have done just believe in your self and always be your true self.
Advice he would share with people a little nervous about making the jump into cosmetology school:
Even if it looks like something you wouldn’t be good at there’s a lot people willing to help you and show you the right way to be successful. It may seem like a hard career but I enjoy it so much every day thanks to cosmetology I’ve made so many good friends, recommendation from Ohseas!