It’s never easy to choose our featured employees, because everyone at Bene’s is a part of something bigger, a community of instructors, and staff. A family, that guides, and supports each and every student. This month we are featuring some hard working, multi talented instructors. Mr Jimmie Rodgers, from Brooksville, and Ms Jessica Martinez, from Spring Hill.
Both Jimmie, and Jessica, impress us daily. With their willingness to jump in, and help team members, and students. Not only with one category, but multiple. Mr Jimmie is a cosmetologist, who has experience in opening and running salons, and works as Brookvilles night time nail instructor. While Jessica has worked for other schools, as well as thriving as a stylist, she is a cosmetology instructor, but does wonders covering shifts and holding specialty classes throughout multiple departments. Both Jessica, and Jimmie, prove to us that they are valuable instructors, and more importantly, they prove it to their students, each and every day.
We asked them some questions, to get to know a little more about them. Here is what they had to say.
Us -Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working at Bene’s Career Academy?
Jimmie - I have met all types of people.. The staff, the students.... clients... I am very passionate about teaching.... I would have to say the students have had a huge impact on me. If I stop and think about it, I get teary eyed.. My students from my first class are just about to graduate. I get emotional when I think about them going on and pursuing a professional career.. as I once did myself..
Us - What might our students be surprised to know about you?
Jimmie - Once I lived in Alaska.... yep... Alaska.. It was cold. Yes it was dark for part of the year, and yes it was daylight all day for part of the year.. My father help build the Alaska Pipeline.. I visited the North Pole and seen Santa's House.. Sometimes at night the family and I would go to the local airport and watch the jets land and take off for entertainment.. And the Northern Lights are very cool.. A real must see and do.. So place it on your bucket-list.
Us - What do you do when you aren’t working?
Jimmie - When I am not working at Bene's, I enjoy being on or in the water.. My family has several boats so with the Florida weather, we can just about go year round. I love the beach too.. I like to travel and see new places.. I like to sing karaoke too. Or shall I say I like to try... lol... I am a native Floridian, so i have lots of friends and family here.. I enjoy bbq's and family functions a lot, and a good birthday party seems to always be on my calendar.
Us - Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to work with Bene’s Career Academy?
Jessica - This all became possible, because of Rachel Sollazzo, She called me and expressed how much I would love this school, and wanted me to work as an educator for Bene's. I was living in Tampa Fl at the time as a Representative for Babyliss Pro/ Argan Color. I am so thankful to Rachel as well As the Bene's family for accepting me.
Us - What would you say are some of your strongest beliefs about the industry we are in and your specific department?
Jessica - I'm such a passionate cosmetologist( to a fault). I believe that as a stylist you have to always be creative, trendy and be confident. I work in different departments, I’ve been in Basic ,clinic floor and now Nails department. Passion, ,Discipline, and imagination, can take you far in this career path.
Us - When you last participated in one of Bene’s special events (ex: mothers day, rope center event, light up ridge manor), how did that make you feel?
Jessica - I've participated in a lot of events and i have to say that I’m humbled. I love giving back and I'm amazed that I work for such a generous man that cares about giving back to the community as well as his students. Very thankful, blessed to be a part of this Clan.
Thank you both, for being such amazing instructors, and team members!