Last week I was in a school and heard a big cheer come from
outside the office I was in. When I
asked what was going on, they told me that a student was clocking out on her
last hour of school and the students were there to celebrate. I loved it!
All the students came and gathered around the time clock and
when she clocked out, they cheered and celebrated her. And rightfully so. It
was the end of a year-long commitment. The end of one journey and the beginning
of the next. It is something that we should be cheering!
Back when I was in the school full time, I didn’t do a very
good job on this one. I let the busyness of the day and running a school get in
my way of celebrating students finishing their hours.
There was always something important to be done, paperwork
to finish, exit counseling to complete, making sure I had all the information I
needed from the student and on and on and on.
I wish I could go back and change it. I would love to be
standing at the time clock when they clocked that final minute. Stand there and
cheer and toss confetti! Be there and celebrate the accomplishment of each
How about you? What do you do to celebrate that moment when
students complete school?
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.