Clifton Park, NY – July 30, 2012 – Milady, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of beauty and wellness learning solutions, and the Cosmetology Educators of America (CEA),the educational committee of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, today announced Ms. Melea Blakely as the recipient of the 2012 Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award. The award was presented to Ms. Blakely at the 18th Annual CEA Convention on July 28, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.
The Educator of the Year Award is co-sponsored by the CEA and Milady, and is given annually to an educator who exhibits significant contributions toward upgrading professional standards of educational excellence, particularly within the area of student involvement.
Ms. Blakely, an instructor at the Advance Beauty College in Warrenton, Missouri, notes that she finds her inspiration in her students. She explains, “I strive to produce confident, knowledgeable graduates that have a heart for serving others. As an educator I strongly feel that I need to be an example of what a professional should be. So I will keep improving myself through continuing education. If I want my students to be the best they can be I must show them the best I can be. I truly believe that I was designed to teach. It is my heart. I am not only teaching my students a skill but I am showing them how to have a better future for themselves and their children.”
“Melea leads by example not only in the classroom, but in the industry as well,” said Dawn Gerrain, president, Milady. “Her ability to juggle teaching and working as a stylist, all while remaining committed to lifelong learning through continuing education is exemplary. We are proud to present her this honor and have her serve as this year’s Educator of the Year.”
As the recipient of the Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award, Ms. Blakely received an all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando, FL, where she was honored at the CEA Convention. In addition, she received a cash prize of $2,500 and gifts from Milady.
For more information on the Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award, please visit www.beautyschools.org. For more information on Milady’s educational and professional learning materials, please visit www.milady.cengage.com.
About Cengage Learning and Milady
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Milady, part of Cengage Learning, is the leading provider of beauty and wellness education and training resources since 1927. Known not only as a provider of pre-licensure resources, Milady offers various forms of training and consulting products for salon and spa students, professionals and business owners, creating a full spectrum of services for the beauty and wellness industries. Spanning six continents, Milady has aided more than 10 million beauty professionals in achieving licensure success. For more information please visit www.cengage.com or www.milady.cengage.com.
About American Association of Cosmetology Schools and Cosmetology Educators of America
The Cosmetology Educators of America is the educational committee of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, providing inspiring education and networking opportunities to enrich and expand the lives of cosmetology educators. Founded in 1924, the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) is a non-profit organization serving more than 850 cosmetology schools throughout North America. AACS is committed to raising awareness of the beauty and wellness industry and the many career paths available it offers. CEA is the only national organization developed for cosmetology educators by cosmetology educators which also provides a national network of motivated and focused educators who wish to improve their classroom techniques, develop their classrooms into stimulating learning centers and interact with other highly professional educators.