I wish I had known how to better manage a class of students. I believe one of the biggest burn-out factors for instructors is not learning class management. After many years of figuring it out on my own — through classes, books, etc. — I can finally say I manage my class and not the other way around.
Georgianna Halverson, Elite Nail School, Madison, Wis.
I wish I had known how much blood, sweat, and tears would be involved in teaching — but it’s not negative at all. I’ve never been pushed to the levels of human relations as I have been being a teacher. The students become like my children even if they are older than I am; they feel like family. You cry with them, celebrate with them, stress with them, and just like a parent, you have to be firm but fair. I love what I do and I think it’s because I get to be a part of the learning process when a student discovers her potential, not only as a technician but also as a person. I count myself as being blessed to have a passion for my career choice and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Jessica Taylor, Honolulu Nail Academy, Honolulu
I wish had known how badly nail education was needed. Educating throughout the world is very challenging, and it’s shown me first-hand how very needed it is.
John Hauk, Creative Director, Entity Beauty
I wish I had known about all the paper work involved in the process of teaching, like lesson plans, etc. Also, I would have liked to have known that, unfortunately, not all students have the same passion and interest in learning. This is when I ask myself, why are they here?
Billy Anthony Rivera, Beauty Schools of America, Miami
I wish I had known how much psychology I needed to know before I opened my academy. I would have taken that class at the community college first. I thought all students who entered my academy would be drama free and hormone free! I thought the only focus would be their education, and not all the drama that comes into the mix.
Sandra Taylor, The Nail Tech Academy, Kearney, Neb.
One thing that I wish I had known before teaching is to make sure you are organized and well rested. Some of the students pay a lot of money, and the last thing they want is an instructor who is tired and not giving it her all.
Jamaica Starr, The Nail Art Academy, Nampa, Idaho
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