11 Apr Instructor Spotlight – Ruth
The instructor spotlight is a monthly Q&A blog piece that focuses on why the instructor loves teaching at the Institute of Beauty and Wellness, advice about joining the industry, and more.
INSTRUCTOR: Ruth PROGRAM: Cosmetology , Barbering
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN EDUCATOR AT THE INSTITUTE OF BEAUTY AND WELLNESS? WHAT PROGRAM DO YOU TEACH?
RUTH: I’ve been an educator at IBW for about 5 years. I teach the Cosmetology and Barbering programs.
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BEING AN EDUCATOR?
RUTH: The most rewarding part of being an educator is witnessing people learn that they are capable, talented individuals. Sometimes they are experiencing that here for the first time in their life.
Q: IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE BIGGEST POINT OF DIFFERENCE THE INSTITUTE OF BEAUTY AND WELLNESS OFFERS?
RUTH: The biggest point of difference we offer is teaching to the whole person. Yes, you learn how to be a professional, but you learn so much more about yourself on that journey.
Q: WHAT IS ONE OF THE MOST FUN EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD AT IBW?
RUTH: The most fun experience for me at IBW was being a student here before I became an educator! This place changed my life. It still does.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE CONSIDERING THE BEAUTY OR WELLNESS INDUSTRY AS A CAREER OPTION?
RUTH: DO IT! The skills you obtain on your way to becoming a professional can take you anywhere in the world. The sky is the limit.
Q: WHERE IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO HANG OUT IN MILWAUKEE?
RUTH: My favorite places to hang out in Milwaukee are our beautiful natural spaces. Parks, the lakefront, and walking in my neighborhood.
Ruth has also taken two international trips while working with the company. Ruth spent 2 weeks in several cities in Japan to learn about the functionality of smaller salon/spa spaces. She also traveled to India to learn about the roots of Ayurveda, a 5000 year old ancient Indian healing tradition. Founder of AVEDA, Horst Rechelbacher, developed his first Clove Shampoo in a kitchen sink in Minneapolis, together with doctors of Ayurveda, Vinod and Kusum Upadhyay. All have continued to work with Aveda since the early 1970s.