The annual N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award is co-sponsored by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools and Milady. It is a prestigious competition, with one winner and a handful of honorees noted for their contributions towards upgrading professional standards of educational excellence, particularly within the areas of student involvement during the past year.
We are thrilled to have had three educators receive ‘Honoree’ status.
Gina Arrojo, Amanda Jenkins, and Joseph Guinto were selected based on a three part application that requires examples of bringing innovation into the classroom, making a difference in the lives of students, and the sharing of one’s own personal teaching philosophy.
As noted in the applications, some of the significant contributions to educational excellence our teachers have made over the past year include introducing a two-minute morning massage where students massage each other as a means to get relaxed and ready to learn, but also as preparation for a career in which the way you touch and interact with people can be key.
Other initiatives were more technical. Like how, inspired by Gina Arrojo, we introduced the ‘Air Cutting’ practice session. With no notes, no written steps, and no head sheets to hand students help each other remember and practice the technical procedure steps in a client-less session. The beauty of the idea is that it suits each of the four learner types: auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and linear.
Further examples include the added benefits Amanda Jenkins has brought to the school since joining the faculty as the Artistic Director. Still a working client stylist at ARROJO Studio, and a world-renowned editorial stylist with her work on billboard ads on the world's most iconic skylines, the real world skills she has brought into the school –– in particular creative hair cutting, styling and finishing hair –– have added a whole new layer to our curriculum.
The commitment of the school is to innovate as a means to create tailor-made lessons for students. It's one of our underlying principles, which is demonstrated in how Joey's nomination was noted for creating an engaging story ––each with a beginning, middle, and end –– out of every lesson plan. It was shown to be a great way to turn on lightbulbs in the classroom.
Congratulations, Gina, Amanda, and Joseph.