SA: For many years now, you have been an integral part of the ASM family. You have touched the lives of so many students! How has teaching the healing arts enriched your life?
CV: I have gratefully been a part of Atlanta School of Massage for 13 years and I have equally been graced by many students. The student-to-teacher role is always changing, but from my perspective, I am both an educator and a willing student at the same time. I learn from my students every day. I love when my students embrace the information, new skills, and different techniques, then integrate them into their own massages and facials. It enriches my life to give unto others, by giving encouragement, strength, and hope to each and every student, and to watch them gain success in their newly chosen career.
SA: As much as we love our job, at times, being a teacher can be tough! What are the hardest and easiest aspects for you when it comes to being a teacher?
CV: The hardest aspect for me about being a teacher is holding them accountable for being late to class. I hear so many reasons why! [For example] traffic, alarm clocks, accidents, etc. I address this issue by being consistent [with my tardiness protocol] without judgment. But the easiest thing about being an instructor is the preparation for class. I love the details of how it all works. Seeing the positive outcomes touches my heart. We are teaching our students to give unto others a phenomenal massage, facial, reflexology, along with other spa treatments and modalities to create an outstanding experience for our clients.