It's a wonderful moment when a student is so inspired by their education, that they want to be a part of the teaching experience. At Bene's we are fortunate to be able to offer an Instructor Training course for those students, and lucky enough to keep some of them as our very own instructors. This month we would like to congratulate Claudia Fernandez, from our Spring Hill campus, and Diane Davis, from our New Port Richey campus, for being exceptional students, during their time learning at Bene's, as well as outstanding instructors today.
Claudia began her journey at Bene’s as a cosmetology student. She was an exceptional student, despite the language barrier. Her eagerness to learn, and develop not only her technical skills, but her language skills as well, is truly inspirational. Claudia has a background in teaching, outside of the beauty industry, and an ability to engage her students in a way that is beyond compare.
When asked “What has been the best thing to happen to you since you started at Bene’s?” She replied with “The satisfaction I feel on graduation day”. How wonderful is it, that her best memory is the accomplishment of her students? We think it’s another indication of how exceptional Claudia really is. Claudia recalls the memory of her first student, “I remember the excitement of my first student Jessica, when she realized she excelled at skin care, due to my teachings.” Jessica was not the only one excited, you could see the joy on Claudia's face, the moment she realized that she had inspired that young woman.
We spoke about what she does outside of school, and learned that her passion is being passed on to her daughter, “What I do when I am not working, is take care of my amazing daughter, who is interested in a career in the beauty industry, because of my passion for my job at Bene's.”
You are an inspiration Claudia, and we are overjoyed to have you on our team. Thank you for being you!
We asked Diane some questions, so that we can all get to know her a little better. And here is what she had to say.
Tell me how you first got involved with Bene's Career Academy?
“When my family made the decision, last July 2015, to move to the state of Florida, I decided that it was time for me to advance my career and chose on becoming an Instructor. I actually researched Bene's and was happy to see that there was a Certification Program for Instructor Training. I came into the school, with my resume, and decided to enroll. My journey started September 2015, during the day, part-time...then, quickly advanced to nights, full-time. I completed my Instructor Training Program, 600 hours, earlier than expected, but I was determined and knew this is where I belonged. My love for my cosmetology profession has guided me to where I am today...teaching future cosmetologist and guiding them in the right direction.”
Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to work with Bene's?
“There is more than one that has influenced me...to be honest. I can go all the way back to when I was in Cosmetology school. My school was a Pivot Point School, and I was totally drawn to both my Core I and Core II Instructors. Darlene Williams was my first Instructor, very firm and organized, and Katrina Smith was my second...very laid-back and chill. Combined, they have both been instilled in my head! Here at Bene's... who doesn't influence me! Ms.Michele Arends, Mr. Greg Edwards, and Ms. Lori Bryant...we all influence each other! I believe that wholeheartedly. We wouldn't be doing what we're doing without positive influence from each other.”
What might our students be surprised to know about you?
“I'm pretty much an open book, anyone who's met me knows that. I'm a rather humble person, and it tends to be very difficult for me to talk about myself. With that being said, here goes!! I was quite the student when I was in Cosmetology School. I graduated Cosmetology school with a GPA of 3.96, perfect attendance minus ONE day (due to a blizzard), graduated 3-weeks early, and received the Graduate of the Year Award, Marketing and Sales Award, and Most Determined Award. I turned the big "4-0" in cosmetology school, and I was hired by a salon BEFORE I even took my state board in Illinois.
I'm a HUGE sports fanatic, and I'm a die-hard Chicago Fan...Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs. My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary in October, and we have four children...Melanie-19yrs, Charles-15yrs, and twin girls, Meghan and Lauren-14yrs. We also have a 7-yr. old chocolate Lab...her name is "Disney." “
What do you do when you aren't working?
“Since I'm so new to the State of Florida, I tend to spend most of my time with my family. My oldest daughter just returned home from college in Texas, my son is involved in hockey, my twins just kind of "hangout" and my husband and I enjoy watching his cooking shows and our sports when we can.”
You are a wonderful instructor Diane, and we couldn't be happier that you choose to be on our team. Thank you.