When the coronavirus pandemic hit and the public was forced self-quarantine, many learning institutions were left paralyzed.
The Temple Frederick was not one of them.
In an abundance of caution, we’d been monitoring COVID-19 and planning for distance learning weeks ahead of schedule. Our education division had reevaluated and adapted the curriculum and put the steps in place to make the necessary changes to not only offer the theory curriculum but also the practical learning virtually. The result was a virtually seamless transition to distance learning.
Due to this preparation, The Temple Frederick and The Temple Annapolis were the only cosmetology schools in the state given permission to offer theory and practical education affording the opportunity for enrolled students to retain all of their hours and continue their education without interruption.
“The leaders of this school along with learning leaders and support staff are avidly committed to providing our students with a solid foundation for entering the beauty profession. We pride ourselves on staying abreast of industry trends and teaching the most up-to-date techniques in a real world environment even during this crisis,” said Charles Riser co-owner of the schools.
“We’re doing everything we can to ensure an excellent experience for them,” added Sharon Riser co-owner. “We’ve increased the opportunity to expose them to expert guest artists and specialty classes on both a local and national level as well as providing curbside pickup for remote tools and supply packages.”
Not only have Temple students been able to stay the course of their education, they’ve also been treated to a plethora of new and added benefits as well.
In addition to core practical work, additional advancement lectures and specialty classes have been offered as well as themed classes, contests, certifications and business and salon management practical applications.
A Student’s Perspective
I am beyond grateful that I made the decision to enroll at The Temple. You guys have gone above and beyond with this situation we now find ourselves in. I brag about how organized and quickly this process was set up. You did not miss a step and I can only imagine how much work it took to get the coursework adapted and done so professionally.
Learning tonight with our latest guest artist Winn Claybaugh, I was almost in tears at how lucky I am to have a school that cares SO much. I know if I would have chosen a different school I would be in a much different and stressful situation right now.
I am beyond proud to tell people I am a future professional at The Temple Frederick. In the past five weeks I feel you guys have done so many things to make our lives easier that you didn’t have to but WANTED to.
As much as this quarantine has shifted so many lives, I am confident that I will be talking about my school experience for the rest of my life. You have given us opportunities we would never get anywhere else. And a bonus- I have noticed my children are seeing my hard work and they are learning to adapt to changes too. I can tell they are proud of me and this means more to me than anything in the world!!!!
– Tracy Vail, Future Professional, Temple Frederick
Meet #TEMPLEFREDERICK fab five. From left to right they are: Karleigh, Jess, Hunter, Ally and Erin.
Parts of this friendship started before coming to cosmetology school but the life long bond started at The Temple. Hunter and Karleigh have known each other since kindergarten, Hunter also worked with Ally at Pizza Hut, Karleigh and Ally have been friends for three years then they met Erin and Jess when they started school.
Karleigh persuaded Ally to come to cosmetology school. Then on the first day, Hunter saw Karleigh and Ally sitting in Core with him! What they all like about being Temple Future Professionals is building on their friendship because there’s just something about being up to your elbows in color, cholesterol, and working through theory classes together that strengthens any bond. Karleigh added that she also likes the freedom to be creative.
What they like the least is having very little free time between school and work.
Advice they all would share collectively to people with a passion for the beauty industry but ready to start school is:
- “Just do it, I came by myself, I didn’t know anyone and I made friends. It’s scary and I’m super shy but it’s worth it.” – Erin
- “If you’re passionate about it, remember it and why you wanted to start in the first place. – Karleigh
- “People give a lot of hairdressers crap for doing it because they think they don’t make money but. It’s not true.” – Erin
So far as their ‘weird’ talents go, they all agreed that Erin is really fast and can jump very high. (when you see Erin, ask her to run, jump, and tap, her heels together – it’s impressive!)
They also agreed that Jess and Ally are talented at easily leaving eyebrow prints on arms.
The fab five suggests that someone should come to The Temple because the education they have received is far more than just preparing for the state board exams; they’ve gotten to learn so many other subjects and they’ve been able to meet/network a variety of beauty industry super stars.
Practical advice they all shared (boldly) for Future Professionals just starting their journey at The Temple:
- Don’t miss hours, come to school everyday, listen in theory, don’t be disrespectful to the Learning Leaders, stay on top of your worksheets, AND remember you didn’t make the investment to come to school to slack off!
Oh! And did you ask about their favorite Learning Leaders?! Rickki, Liz, and LeeAnn!
We are so happy this group found their passion and expanded their friendship at Temple Frederick.
Recently, our Temple Frederick School owners, Charles and Sharon Riser, were featured in the Frederick News Post in an article explaining the new kids on the block entering the workforce – Generation Z (Gen Z).
“We’re really curious to see where Gen Z is when they’re in their 30s,” he said. “As a boss, the first thing you look at when someone has a resume is ‘Oh, my God, they’ve had 10 jobs in 10 years,’ and you’re like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?’” Bosses have to start rethinking that mindset, though, because changing jobs frequently is the new normal for the younger workforce.”It doesn’t make them bad employees,” Riser said. “They’re not getting fired. They’re simply choosing to figure out where they want to go.” To stay at their job, younger employees want more communication and feedback from their superiors. They also want a leader instead of a boss.”They want to be guided,” Riser said. “They’ll follow you, but they have to believe in you.”
Read the full article by following the this link. also featured on U.S. News & World Report
This is Holly (@hollysammynoelle) and here’s what you should know:
She was drawn to the beauty industry because ever since she can remember, she’s been playing with hair tools and hair things since she was little with her aunt and her sister.
When Holly moved from New Mexico to Maryland, this gave her the perfect opportunity to be a Temple Frederick Future Professional.
One of her biggest challenges was finding confidence to push through and keep getting better. Being able to #justkeepswimming, gave her the reward of learning to be creative and learning to be confident in her skills.
Outside of all things beauty, Holly is an avid DIY-er with an abundance of craft supplies! She said she’s always teaching herself new skills.
She recommends coming to #TEMPLEFREDERICK for cosmetology school because of the guest artists, networking opportunities, and literally being able to boost people’s confidence every day.
To people passionate about the beauty industry but a little afraid to make the jump into school: JUST GO FOR IT!
To her other Future Professional peers: life hits, but if you keep going, you’ll make it. Be kind to everyone; if you spread kindness you’ll get it returned to you.
Eventually, she hopes to combine her skills as a CNA and cosmetologist to create a mobile salon to give cosmetology services to those who can’t get out of the house.
This is Carlos (@carlosmairena_)! He is a Phase 2 Temple Frederick Future Professional. Here’s what you should know about him:
- He initially wanted to go to school for art but when he began to nurture his interest in the beauty industry, he started to consider cosmetology school
- Being a cosmetologist you could say is kind of in his genes — his aunt is also a licensed cosmetologist and a Temple Frederick graduate
- Carlos is currently a full time Future Professional AND working at Alter Ego Salon in Frederick so he says it’s challenging to make time for friends that aren’t at school or in the salon.
- Carlos says the most rewarding part about being a Future Professional at Temple Frederick is meeting new people and building relationships, especially with Learning Leaders (Ahem … Colby)
- Because he loves painting (watercolor specifically) he loves creating blondes by hand painting
- Fun Fact: Carlos’ interest in makeup started just a year ago! For him, doing make up is a stress reliever.
- His friends say he is extremely picky about his hair. So much so that he won’t let them style or blow dry it. But they also say he’s always so loving and affectionate.
Advice that he shares with someone thinking about attending cosmetology school:
You just have to do it, there’s nothing to lose; everyone has a place here.
Advice for his fellow Future Professionals:
Don’t miss out on opportunities that are given to you.
And just general life advice Carlos shares:
Be yourself people are either going to accept it or not.
Eventually, Carlos wants to own a salon to blonde everyone in Boca.