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”
EBeauty founder Carolyn Keller, a cancer survivor, started the wig exchange program to allow other women with cancer diagnoses to still feel inspired and hold on to a sense of empowerment. Keller’s kindness has shared wigs with almost 30,000 women across the United States. Keller shares, “the primary goal of EBeauty is to provide all women, regardless of economic status or geographic location access to wigs.”
Paul Mitchell Schools offer robust educational opportunities to create excellent licensed cosmetologists while also creating responsible community leaders. In 2018, EBeauty partnered with Paul Mitchell Schools allowing campuses across the country to volunteer to share a piece of confidence with someone quite literally in the fight of their life. Temple Annapolis immediately jumped on board with a dual purpose: serving the community and sharing wig maintenance education with all enrolled Temple Future Professionals. At the end of the lesson, each Future Professional wrote “love notes” to accompany each wig; one reading, “Soon when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad you never gave up.” Reflecting on the lesson of wig sanitation, maintenance and styling, one Temple Annapolis Future Professional shared, I have a few people in my family who have passed from cancer and my father is a cancer research nurse at Johns Hopkins for medicine studies and I myself have had a tumor removed in 2014, so this was very dear to me … I think it’s really awesome and quite amazing that the school jumped on board with EBeauty for this cause and I’m glad I got to participate.
Always an example of kindness and an advocate of giving back co-owner, Sharon, shares, “We are excited to work with EBeauty because it allows our Future Professionals to apply what they’re learning at school while simultaneously making a difference the lives of those facing the traumatic diagnoses of cancer.”