What is the N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award?
The annual N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award is co-sponsored by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools and Milady. It is a prestigious award given to one educator each year who has exhibited the most significant contribution toward upgrading professional standards of educational excellence, particularly within the areas of student involvement during the immediate past year.
Nominees must be members of CEA who are currently employed, have at least three years of active employment as a cosmetology educator and can provide evidence of significant contributions to educational excellence during the immediate past year.
What is the Prize?
The recipient will receive a complimentary convention registration, roundtrip airfare and lodging for the convention, $2,500 and other prizes courtesy of Milady.
How is the Educator of the year Selected?
All nominations are mailed to the AACS office and forwarded to the selection committee, which is comprised of members of the CEA Committee and other CEA Members. The eligibility and scores of the nominees are confirmed by the Executive Director of AACS and the Chairman of CEA. More than one application may be submitted from an institution. If a nominee is not selected, the nomination may be made again in future years. Only one applicant will win each year even though all applicants are highly qualified and well deserving.Educator Of The Year Application 2013
2012 Educator of the Year
Most of the time when I ask my students why they started cosmetology school I hear the same response: “I have always wanted to do hair since I was little.” And I am happy that they are fulfilling their lifelong dream, but for me it was different.
It never once crossed my mind growing up. See, I was 100 plus pounds overweight, and extremely self-conscious. Doing my hair and makeup was a foreign concept to me. I didn’t know how, so I figured, why bother? I felt nothing was going to help me look better. If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self I would hug her and tell her how beautiful she is and how she is not always going to feel this way forever!
After high school, I had no purpose or direction for my life. I was like a boat sitting in the middle of a calm ocean waiting for the wind to fill my sail and take me somewhere, anywhere. When I was 20, I heard that there was a cosmetology school opening near my house and I thought “sounds fun, why not?” Little did I know that walking through that door would be the first day of the new me. This is the me that I always wanted to become. I finished school with honors and because I loved it so much, and I also became an instructor. I lost my 100 plus pounds and transformed into the person I am today. I now teach part time and am behind the chair part time. So, not only do I get to do what I love, but I am lucky enough to get to teach it!
Beauty really does change lives, it changed mine. It has been a blessing in my life and I have a duty to share it with as many people as I can. We are all teachers of beauty in one form or another and knowledge not shared is wasted. Thank you, God for who I was so that I may fully appreciate who I have become!
2011 – Patti Black
2010 – Jacqueline Munoz
2009 – Marcia Bird
2008 – Laura Wallman
2007 – Wendy Spangler
2006 – Danny Austin
2005 – Myssi Goldsmith
2004 – Melony Gaudlip
2003 – Lisa Galloway
2002 – Edith Hall
2001 – Iraida Nieves
2000 – Laureida Smith
1999 – Jonathon Nupp
1998 – Tammy Hingtgen
1997 – Kathy Stubblefield
1996 – Fran Brown
1995 – Jerri Dillingham