Beth Beaumont was the little girl who always had beauty parties with her friends.
"I would be the one fixing their hair and makeup," she said. "I loved working with hair, so when I got the chance to go to Cosmetology school during high school, I embraced that opportunity. That was the BEST thing I ever did. It changed my life in so many ways and, yes, it was hard, but in the end it was worth ever finger wave I set -- and they are not easy!"
Beaumont started working at the Regis Corp. as a full-time stylist at the age of 17 while still finishing high school. After four years of building her skills and enjoying the work, she completed her student teaching at Professionals Choices Hair Design Academy and then starting teaching at a private cosmetology school in Oswego. In 2009, she began working as an instructor at College of DuPage while cutting hair at a senior living facility.
"I love being able to share my knowledge and passion for the cosmetology profession," she said. "When my students come into my classroom that very first day and don’t know anything about hair, knowing I am the one who is going to mold them into such amazing hair stylists really gets me excited. That makes me want to be even better and teach them as much as I possibly can.
"I am a whirlwind of knowledge, but it’s up to them to accept the knowledge from me and to keep striving to be better! The best feeling comes on the last day when your student hands you a card or tells you how much they have learned from you and they are a better hairdresser because of you and what you have taught them."
Beaumont is inspired by her parents, who worked hard to make a better life for her family. Her dad put himself through college working at a gas station and today is an architect. Her mom owned and operated her own business for more than 20 years.
"They gave me the drive and the willpower so I, in turn, hope I can do the same for my son," she said. "I also hope my students can do the same. I want them to leave my classroom with a drive for bigger and better things. I am a product of that very statement. I started my career at the age of 17 as a hairstylist and by 29 I was working for one the biggest colleges in the state of Illinois as an instructor."