Over in the UK, Jess’s inspiring attitude and positive energy has continued to shine brighter than ever. Although she ran her own successful hair salon back in the US, Jess knew she wanted to do something different this time: she wanted to teach and share her knowledge with aspiring hairdressers and beauty therapists. To that end, for the past three years, Jess has been busy working away on the three courses that will allow her to become a fully-fledged teacher and assessor: our Award in Education and Training, Diploma in Education and Training, and Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. Phew! To top it all off, Jess has achieved all of this whilst home-schooling her daughter full time due to Covid, as well as covering for a colleague who became very ill.
A hectic routine
When asked how she managed her studies alongside motherhood and work, Jess commented, “My routine is hectic but I always make it work! I work at the college teaching and assessing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and I also have my own mobile hairdressing business. My coursework for Oxbridge has mainly been completed at night after my daughter is in bed or on half term breaks – it’s been exhausting, but I love it!”
Jess isn’t only exceptional due to her incredible devotion to her studies. She’s also known as someone who goes above and beyond for her own students on a regular basis. Throughout the pandemic, she took additional classes in order to help her students adapt to online learning, and held additional one-to-ones every week throughout lockdown. She offered additional skills sessions on her days off, and created video tutorials that her students could watch in their spare time.
And what keeps Jess motivated? She told us, “Without a doubt, my daughter, as well as love for teaching and learning. There’s also no better feeling than when the student connects and understands your teaching, and performs that first haircut or finally lays a full head of foils with no seepage! The smile and feeling of achievement they feel is worth all the work and difficulty we may experience. I am excited and passionate about providing my students with the best learning experience possible and helping them to achieve their goals as they grow, graduate and move into the industry. I want them to leave confident and for me to feel I have taught them to a high standard and given them all the tools they need to succeed.”
The right support
Jess puts a lot of her success down to the hard work of her tutor, Julie Zangaro. She commented, “Julie has been absolutely amazing. Her responses to my queries were always quick and she was happy to schedule meetings with me throughout to ensure I understood the curriculum and was meeting the goals and targets I had set for myself. Her feedback was always detailed, but in such a supportive way that kept me positive and driven. I honestly cannot thank her enough for all the support she provided me and how much her kind words and feedback helped me to become more confident in myself and my role as a teacher in training.”
Star pupil, bright future
Because of her outstanding commitment to her studies, earlier this year, Jess was awarded the Certificate of Merit from the Association of Distance Learning. This award celebrates outstanding students who either gain exceptional results, or overcome personal difficulties to reach their goals. Jess ticks both boxes, so we were delighted to nominate her!
And what does the future hold for Jess? She told us, “I’ve accepted a full-time teaching position at Loughborough College. I will be teaching in both the hair and beauty department whilst also striving to continue my growth. Who knows I may even decide to go for my bachelor's. The sky’s the limit, right?”
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