Milady and The Cosmetology Educators of America Announce 2010 Recipient of the Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award

Recipient Recognized for Commitment to Educational Excellence

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 that Ms. Jacqueline Munoz is the 2010 recipient of the Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award. 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. The award was presented last month at the 16th Annual CEA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Munoz, the director of cosmetology education at the Marinello School of Beauty in Bell, California, realized her passion for cosmetology when she competed in and won a local student style competition. From there, she decided to pursue a career in the beauty industry and enrolled in beauty school where she used a Milady textbook for studying. As a student, she took such copious notes in her textbook that years later when she became an educator, she used that same textbook to help explain concepts to her students.

After graduating from beauty school, Munoz worked in a salon for several years, but found her true calling, education, after attending a CEA conference in 1997. Inspired by her experience at the conference, she decided to become an educator. Ms. Munoz has dedicated the last twelve years to cosmetology education. She prides herself on being a cheerleader in the classroom and strongly believes in the power of positive reinforcement.

“We are excited to present Ms. Munoz with this prestigious award as she exhibits a true dedication and commitment to her students,” said Dawn Gerrain, president, Milady. “Her passion and unwavering devotion to cosmetology education is a reflection of the values we hold here at Milady.”

As the recipient of the Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award, Munoz received an all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando, where she was honored at the CEA convention. In addition, she received a cash prize of $2,500 and gifts from Milady and the CEA. A video with more information on Munoz’s career and her dedication to educational excellence can be found on Milady’s Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/miladyteam?ref=ts.

For more information on the Nicholas F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year Award, please visit http://www.beautyschools.org/. For more information on Milady’s educational and professional learning materials, please visit www.milady.cengage.com.

About Milady

Milady, part of Cengage Learning, is the leading provider of beauty and wellness education and has been an industry staple for the past 80 years. Known not only as a provider of pre-licensure resources, Milady offers training and consulting nationwide in various forms for salon and spa professionals, changing the lives of tens of thousands each year. For more information on Milady please visit www.milady.cengage.com.

About Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Cengage Learning’s brands include Heinle, Gale, Wadsworth, Delmar, Brooks/Cole and South-Western, among others. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.

About American Association of Cosmetology Schools

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.