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WHS Principal Takes a Cut for the Team

Photo of WHS Cosmetology class Waller ISD’s (WISD) motto is Whatever it Takes Because Our Kids Deserve Greatness. No one is a better example of WISD’s commitment to student success than Waller High School (WHS) Principal Stephanie Fletcher. In her latest effort to support Career and Technical Education (CTE), Fletcher sat as a model for a cosmetology class.

“It’s exciting that WHS offers a cosmetology program and so many students leave high school with a certification and career,” Fletcher said. “We need to support all students in any way we can.”

Cosmetology II begins the school year with a lesson on razor haircutting. Instructor Robin Loewe knew Fletcher had the right type of hair for the lesson and invited her to be a model. Students gathered around Loewe demonstrated a razor cut on Fletcher and the importance of knowing the cut for their state licensing exam. Throughout the lesson, students asked about skills, pricing, and typical experiences working in a salon.

“We have a lot of students who start taking the class for fun and by the time they complete the program they decide to pursue cosmetology as a career,” Loewe said.

WHS began offering cosmetology in 2011 with only 54 students. The following year the program jumped to 170 enrolled students. Since then, cosmetology has consistently enrolled 160 to 170 students each year. The program is led by Loewe and Summer Rozell. Students dedicate three years to the program advancing from Intro to Cosmetology to Cosmetology II. The course meets all Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation requirements, including the required 1000 clock hours of instruction.

“Students change tremendously from the first year,” Loewe said. “They get a lot of practice and you can see the difference in their skill level and maturity.”

Approximately 85% of all WHS students are enrolled in one or more CTE courses and more than 33% of graduates earned industry certifications. The WHS CTE program grows each school year.