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Q | feat ure | R Nicholas F. Cimaglia ilady, and The Cosmetology Educators of America (CEA) announced that Ms. Patti Black is the recipient of the 2011 Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award. The Educator of the Year Award is co-sponsored by CEA and Milady and is given annually to an educator who exhibits significant contributions toward upgrading professional standards of educational excellence, particularly within the area of student involvement. The award was presented this past July at the 17th Annual CEA Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. Black, a lead Instructor at the Eric Fischer Academy in Wichita, Kansas, finds her inspiration in the classroom. She states, “Whether it is a student challenged with a learning disability, an unpopular lesson or unexpected questions, the process of discovering solutions can be incredibly surprising and rewarding. When a particular learner is struggling with a lesson or understanding a specific theory; I am motivated, by necessity, to find a creative solution. The desire to make knowledge accessible to all of my students has led me to unique delivery methods and activities that I have since incorporated into my usual routines. Over and over, my students teach me. Now that’s inspiring!” After graduating from beauty school, Black worked in a salon and realized that a lack of confidence held many of her fellow stylists back. She wanted to help students develop poise and strong technical skills from the beginning; and knew that a career in teaching would allow her to do just that. Her classroom lessons not only help her students to pass their state board examinations but also excel in life. Students constantly rave about Black and the work she does in the classroom, and her name comes up quite frequently in the student graduation speeches with messages of respect, admiration and gratitude. And it is no surprise why; she is always willing to spend extra time with her students until they fully understand the lesson. According to one former student, “Learning was never a chore in her classroom. From discussion groups, to using what we learned in the chemistry chapter to making our own lip gloss, her classes were always relevant to our lives and interests.” Black prides herself on the education she provides her students. She devotes many early and late hours to improve and enhance her presentations and lesson plans. She has also taken nearly 80 hours of continuing education courses to enhance her teaching skills. “Black truly deserves this prestigious award due to her commitment to her students in the classroom. Her devotion to her lessons 26 | B EA U TYLIN K | BE A U T IFU L W ORLD | 2 0 1 1 Educator of the Year Award Patti Black Recognized for Going Above and Beyond in the Classroom M and her students is remarkable,” said Milady President Dawn Gerrain. As the recipient of the Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award, she received an all-expenses-paid trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., where she was honored at the CEA Convention. In addition, she received a cash prize of $2,500 and gifts from Milady and CEA. For more information on the N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award, please visit For more information on Milady’s educational and professional learning materials, please visit

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 3, Issue 3

2011 AACS Convention Navigating the New Beauty Landscape
In Memoriam: Leo Passage Pivot Point International Founder and Mentor
It’s a Beautiful World Externally Popular Looks from the Stone Age to the Digital Age
2011 Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award
Managing Risk in a Litigious Society
A 21st-Century Mindset: Teaching Methods for the Non-Traditional Student
i-Fabulous: Creating the Very Best Version of You
Clearing the Air: Understanding Rights, Responsibilities and Medical Marijuana
Make a Difference in Our Beautiful World: Two Ways to Keep Mannequin Heads Out of Landfills
Styling the Brave: Beauty Careers on Military Bases
Overcoming the Stereotype: Apply Sport Clips Marketing Principles to Attract More Male Students
Making Positive Connections Through Touch
Overcoming Challenges: Stories of Inspiration Part Two of a Two-Part Series
CEA Annual Convention Photo Spread
Index to Advertisers

Beauty Link - Volume 3, Issue 3