If you’ve read my very first post on this Blog, New Beginnings, then you’ll understand why this is so big for me. My start in this industry was VERY humble to say the least. As far as I’m concerned, I still have plenty to learn and to master. Around the middle somewhere, I stumbled upon http://www.nailgeek.com (since evolved into http://www.salongeek.com) and there I met some tremendously inspiring Nail Technicians and Educators from around the world. Ohhhh the knowledge and the talent found on those forums.
Not to mention, the mentoring. LOTS of help from many different directions. Wonderfully generous people who never ignored my hunger to learn. They helped me in so many different ways, and STILL DO. Now, many of us spend more time on Facebook than on that website, but they are still out there – mentoring every day. Helping me and others to grow.
In recent months, via the opportunity that Famous Names Products has gifted me by inviting me to their team, I have met SEVERAL of my mentors, nail techs and contributors to this industry that I GREATLY respect, whom I look up to. I have had the pleasure of meeting and shaking hands with people that inspire me daily and have had a DIRECT impact on my career. Too many to name and gosh forbid my swiss cheese memory fail me and I forget a name. EEEEEKS I’d never forgive myself.
Instead I’ll focus on this most recent event. The Northwest Nailtech Retreat that took place in Seattle Washington, organized and hosted by Ellen Lougheed Torchia and Jessica Hoel. I focus on this because this is where the Student TRULY became the Teacher.
This event was attended by 115 members of the Nail Industry from all over.
Educators that were featured were (in no particular order): Jessica Hoel, Nicole Hollenbeck, Rachel Dye, Tami Schmidt, Sandy Combs, Taylor Swanson, Tanya Sisson, Beverly Townsend, Holly Schippers, Lorena Marquez, Yire Castillo, Amy Becker, Nadja Freund, Ellen Torchia, Athena Elliot, Vicki Peters, Shannon Makamura, Lucien Henderson.
I was also attending as an Educator, offering IBX Demo’s and IBX Certification classes- Launching the NEW IBX Certifcation program. EXCITING! And I get to be a part of it. YIPEEE!
My very first class that I taught was to a charming Nailebrity, Braden Jahr of Nailtalk Radio, created and hosted by my nailsister Athena Elliot. Due to the abundance of overlapping classes, students were boggled at which to sign up for. So the schedule was tweaked and most were coming to see me in the afternoon and evening. So, since it was ‘new’ to me too, it was actually quite nice to do a one on one class first. To ‘break me in’ 😉
He was a FABULOUS ‘First Student’ 😉
In the afternoon, I had a great troop of ladies that inspired ME with their enthusiasm. I loved answering their questions. It was a total BLAST! So below is my first class photo. Don’t my graduates look FABULOUS with their Certs?
Now… on to the evening class. My evening class that includes one of my own Mentors. That includes a GRAND Nailebrity. This class included Holly Schippers aka The FingernailFixer. Oh dear, let the anxiety kick in hahaha. I’ve already met Holly in person before in Chicago at ABS back in March, an absolute SWEETHEART! I’ve also chatted with her on numerous occasions, too many to count, and adore her to bits and peaces. I’ve known her since my early days on http://www.nailgeek.com about 10yrs or so ago. It wasn’t her personality that daunted me, but her KNOWLEDGE. Oh yes, Holly is a fiend for knowledge, like myself. I wondered, would there be a question to trip me up? Uh oh! Here I am, about to ‘teach’ my TEACHER. A talented and intelligent woman from whom I have learned a great deal. How could I teach her?
And PLEASE no offense to my other students; you were all FABULOUS. BUT HEY! We are talking about Holly Schippers here hahahaha
She didn’t go easy on me. She fired away the questions and scribbled notes furiously while I stood there anxiously wondering if I’d drop the ball. All I could think was “brain don’t let me down!”. See her notebook to her left in the below photo. Zoom in, it’s FULL of ink!
To be fair, she ‘kinda’ tripped me on two questions. BUT only because I suck at numbers for one (anyone that knows me knows I’m horrible at math, and NEVER remember ANYTHING that relates to numbers: phone numbers, address, birthdates etc… I just can’t do it!) but I did have the answer at home in my ‘notes’. She asked about the temperature range for gentle heat which is numbers and well, in Canada we deal in Celsius and in the US it’s Fahrenheit sooooo… Yeah, there’s conversion to deal with too HAHAH. For the other, the answer tickled vaguely at the back of my mind, but I wasn’t 100% certain so I need to harass Doug Schoon about hydrophilic channels. I’ll get the answers to you in another blog post.
All that to say that afterwards, after all her questions, all of her scribbling, I thought “I taught Holly something”. Me. I taught her. I Taught My Teacher. The Student became the Teacher.
How did that happen?
Here I am with my BEST student ever. Probably always will be- sorry folks. Holly beat you out as Teacher’s Pet hahahahaha
What a weekend, and I’ll post more about this event another day.
But this weekend will forever stick in my mind because it was when the Student Became The Teacher. And who better to evolve with than Holly Schippers? (ps: she gives GREAT hugs, just don’t tell my husband!)
Thank you Holly… for everything xoxo