Mentor Spotlight: Miss Karen

Academy of Beauty Professionals Instructor

This week’s Mentor Spotlight is all about our talented cosmetology instructor, Miss Karen! Continue reading to learn about Karen’s passion for the beauty industry.

Q: How long have you worked for the Academy of Beauty Professionals?

A: I have been with ABP coming up on 2 ½ years.

Q: Where did you get your beauty education?

A: Wisconsin College of Cosmetology. I received my Instructor’s Education from Martin’s in Manitowoc.

Q: How did you become interest in beauty?

A: As a young girl I loved fixing and cutting hair on my doll heads. As a teenager, haircare products and makeup always interested me – I loved trying different looks. When I graduated from high school, my choices were Interior Design or Cosmetology. Beauty school was shorter, so I thought I’d try that first. If the passion wasn’t there, I would do the four year Interior Design Degree.


Q: What is the best part of your job as an ABP educator?

A: I believe teaching is a calling. It is building people up, and helping them become more of what they are meant to be. Giving yourself to others is a great privilege! I love being able to pour out my knowledge and wisdom to our learners. I have to say the number one thing about teaching is…the lightbulb moment. They get it…and it’s a beautiful sight.

Instructor Karen Teaching Haircuts

Q: What is your favorite service to perform and why?

A: I enjoy all of it, from customer service to hair cutting, coloring, etc. I have a great passion for this industry.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: I have many…The Notebook.

Q: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

A: I would love to have met my Grandfather. He passed when my father was 16 years old. I’ve heard many inspiring stories about him and how much he was loved.

Q: Tell us something else we wouldn’t know about you.

A: I was a salon owner in Sheboygan for over 20 years. I worked as an Artistic Educator for Matrix. I also was an Examiner for the State Boards with Pearson Vue.

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