Close

Business

My Other Life: Teaching Teens

by Judy Lessin | August 15, 2013
Carrie Schaaf, nail tech.

Carrie Schaaf, nail tech.

No two days are ever the same at Atlantis Alternative High School in Flint, Mich., where Carrie Schaaf has taught English and art for the past five years. Schaaf also puts her artistic talents to good use as a nail tech at Wild Side Spa in Davison, Mich., working evenings and weekends. “Our school is labeled an alternative program because we offer an alternative to the standard school setup,” says Schaaf, who holds an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in liberal studies. “If students have struggled along their educational journey, if they are young parents, or if they simply want a more relaxed, accepting environment, they come to our program.

“We deliver Michigan’s state-mandated curriculum, but we do so much more. We counsel, mentor, laugh, and cry with our students. We provide support for them during their high school career with us, and well after. Our staff is frequently invited to former students’ weddings, baby showers, and even college graduations.”

For Schaaf, the most rewarding part of her teaching career is seeing her students walk across the stage at graduation. “Every one of our students has a different journey, with unique challenges that lead them to our program,” she says. “When they finally receive their diploma, some representing their families for the first time, there is not a dry eye in the auditorium.”

The tough part is dealing with students who make bad choices for themselves. “It’s hard to watch good teenagers make poor choices that will negatively affect their future,” she says. “Although I keep long hours working at both jobs, I feel the time I spend both with my students and my wonderful clients keeps me feeling rejuvenated and always keeps me on my toes.”

Read more My Other Life columns.

Read more about

Find out why over 400,000 subscribers love our newsletters

I recently got to enjoy some quality time with team CND after these amazing techs pulled off a...

Business

On My Mind: Just Enjoy It

by Beth Livesay

In a recent interview with NTNA champion and NAILS guest editor Valerie Ducharme, she reminded me that everything happens too quickly, and that the best course of action is usually to enjoy the moment rather than dread it.

Videos

In our video section, watch salon professionals in action, listen to the advice of salon business experts, and tour inside the world’s top salons.

Nail Camp East 2019

Business

Nail Camp East 2019

by Staff

100 nail techs and educators gathered at Ramah Darom Camp and Conference Center (about an hour and a half north of Atlanta) for nail education, networking, and fun. See what the experience was like in this video.

Load More