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Rescued dog finds purpose at memory center - Page 1C Hays Free Press May 13, 2015 Page 3B ngs experience, BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Teaching high school students is a whole new ball of wax for Katharina Perez. A former beauty school instructor, Perez is now the cosmetology teacher at Lehman High School. This San Antonio na- five, who still lives and operates a salon there, brought her practical experience as a stylist along with her experience as an instructor to the 37 students -- all girls for now-- in the Lehman program. "It's very different from teaching students in beauty school to teaching here," she said during a recent visit to her class- room and salon. As an instructor at a beauty school, she said students who didn't make ,the grade were cut from the program. With high school stu- dents, Perez said things are different. "You have to make ac- commodations for them," she said. '~nd I've never had to deal with parents before." Yet Perez seems excited about the job. Hand-picked by Hays CISD CTI Leader Suzi Mitchell, who stopped by during the interview, Perez has been going till speed ahead since Mitchell recruited her last summer. "This girl never stops," Mitchell said of Perez. The 28-year-old teacher still rtms Hair by Elaine, her San Antonio salon, and teaches fnll-time PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Former beauty school instructor Katharina Perez is now the cosmetology teacher at Lehman High School, where she enjoys sharing experience and advice to students. "Some of the students thought it was too much work. qhey thought we were going to play with makeup and do each other's hair. I don't think kids had any idea what they were signing up for." -Katharina Perez, Lehman cosmetology teacher at Lehman. She is also taking online classes to complete her teacher certification. "I'm so tired," she joked. It seems like she's been going non-stop since Hays CISD voters passed a $59.1 million bond last May. Funds from that bond helped launch the revamped and expanded cosmetology program. In the past, only two stu- dents at a time could take the course. Now, Perez has 37 students. "Went and picked out furniture, we were trying to get inspected and li- censed," Perez said about working with Mitchell and with Hays High teacher Lisa Mitchell, the Hays High cosmetology teach- er. "We did everything." Perez said this first year of the program had its ups and downs. A few students left the program once they figured out she was a real teacher with real expectations. She teaches them about the importance of customer service, such as greeting a customer, conducting a consultation and walking them to the door. "Some of the students thought it was too much work," she said. Perez said some stu- dents thought cosmetolo- gy might be what teachers call a 'blow off' course. "They thought we were going to play with makeup and do each other's hair," Perez said. "I don't think kids had any idea what they were sign- ing up for." But this course is far from a blow off. "I'm pretty strict," she said. "You have to be to nm a good program. But I tell them, 'I care about you.' That's why I'm al- ways on them." The students invest $300 each year of the two- year program and put in 1,000 hours. However, the way the program works is if they fail any other sub- ject, they don't get credit for the 1,000 hours. If they graduate and go on to get their state license, Hays CISD will re- fund half of their $600 fee. They also get to keep their cosmetology kit provided by the district. However, Perez said students who drop out of the program or do not get their license cannot get any money back. "It's non-refundable," she said. "But the students are told that up front." She thinks 16 of her current students are fully committed, meaning she expects they will complete the course and get their state cosmetology license. Mitchell said next fall, the program is adding a one-hour intro to cosme- tology for sophomores to give them a chance to explore the program without making the time commitment or financial investment right away. "They can see the ex- pectation for the class and get a feel for it," Mitchell said. Perez said students are graded on both theory, which involves a textbook and tests, and practical skills, which is performing the services they learned. "I grade based on how A CUT ABOVE, 4B SUBMITrED REPORT Alma Medina Librarian of the Year This year marked the third annual Jaime France Hays CISD Ambassador Awards and Maintenance and Operations emotions ran high during the Monday Employee of the Year night event as staff and faculty across Sarah Hill the district received their boilers. Special Ed Employee of the Year The HCISD Ambassador of the Year Debbie Kiyuna went to Dahlstrom Middle School's Substitute of the Year Charlotte Peterson. Peterson, a 30- Charla Salmeron year district employee, was recognized Principal of the Year earlier in the evening as the HCISD High Five Employee of the Year. She Belinda Ellis briefly took the mike to express her Assistant Principal of the Year appreciation to the district. Teresa Brady The remaining Ambassador Award Secretary of the Year winners are listed below: Natasha Banks Custodian of the Year Karen Ratliff Josh Jurek Teacher Assistant of the Year Technology Employee of the Year Holly Hensley Christie Rickert Counselor of the Year Administrator of the Year Mary Soto Brooke Lucio Child Nutrition Employee of the Year Professional of the Year Devi Puckett Karen Herrmann Instructional Coach of the Year Nurse of the Year Juan Gomez First Baptist Church of Buda Transportation Employee of the Year Community Partner of the Year PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Dahlstrom Middle School's Charlotte Peterson was named Ambassador of the Year by Hays CISD for 2015. She has been with the district for 30 years. Tobias choir earns sweepstakes The Tobias Elementary School Choir, under the direction of Nathan Pace, rolled to a Sweepstakes showing at the recent, locally hosted Central Texas Children's Chorus Festival. A Sweepstakes trophy indicates a choir earned a Superior rating in both its prepared concert music as well as in sight-reading. For their concert performance the Explorer Choir sang "Stand," an original composition Pace dedicated to this year's 5th-grade class, and "Something Told the Wild Geese," a piece the choir sang in soprano and alto parts. Sweepstakes for Kyle Elem. choir Kyle Elementary School's Panther Choir pulled off its second consecutive Sweepstakes Trophy in the 2015 Central Texas Children's Chorus Festival, host- ed at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. Sweepstakes trophies are awarded to choirs (and bands) that score First Division ratings from judges in both concert and sight-reading. The Panther Choir is directed by Amy Noel Wilds. ;D Camino Real- Swinging for a cause Camino Real will host its inaugural softball tournament benefiting Relay for Life this week- end. Called "Swinging for a Cause" this co-ed softball tournament will raise money for Relay for Life. Get a team together to support someone who is fighting cancer, to honor someone who fought cancer, or to me- morialize someone who lost their life to cancer. It's time to stop this non- discriminatory disease. Takes place May 16 at Buda Sportplex. Teams must have at least 10 players. Contact Coach Whitney Self, selfw@ hayscisd.net, or Andrea Vineyard at vineyarda@ hayscisd.net. School is in session on Memorial Day Hays CISD students will attend school on Memorial Day this year to make up a bad weath- er day. Many schools will celebrate the holiday with ceremonies. Check the Hays Free Press next week for a listing of events. Memorial Day is Monday, May 25. College Prep Get prepared for col- lege. This free program provides high school graduates and GED diploma holders with the academic instruction and college advising they will need to succeed in college. Although anyone with a high school di- ploma or GED can enroll in community college, many do not know they will have to take a college placement test in read- ing, writing, and math. Statistics show that 60 percent of students who enroll in community col- lege in the United States are placed into at least one non-credit Develop- mental (remedial) Educa- tion course, and almost half of these students do not complete their devel- opmental courses within one year. In addition, developmental classes cost the same amount of money as for credit col- lege classes. Individuals from the Texas State Uni- versity College of Educa- tion and the Community Action Career Counselor will teach the academy. The Summer College Prep Academy will run for six weeks beginning on June 15. Classes are from 9 a.m.- noon Monday through Thursday at the ACC San Marcos Good- night Center. Call Fran- cesca Ramirez at (512) 392-1161 ext. 313 for more information or to reserve a spot for the next College Prep information session. :liti:tll;ilil, , ll I it]/ I i; II II