Upon relocating to the United States from the British Virgin Island — an overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico and is a makeup part of the Virgin Islands archipelago — Mirta Williams wasted little becoming acclimated to a rather unfamiliar establishment.
Currently a resident of Hempstead, New York, a Southwestern New York town of roughly 759,757, according to the latest U. S. census, Williams’ reputation is such that she customarily wears many hats.
Hats such as:
She’s an accomplished master educator.
She’s a longtime life coach and motivational speaker.
And, above all, she is owner of the Hempstead-area State Board Confidence Center, where she is responsible for her life-enhancing coaching, of sorts, at the Long Island Beauty School.
The Hempstead campus, which is located at 173A Fulton Avenue, the Long Island Beauty School is a credible institution whereby students and clients can learn all of the technical notable skills to become a great hair stylist although, according to a spokesperson for the school, “all that intense instruction won’t do you much good if you can’t get a job when you graduate.”
In essence, that is where Williams and her constituents come in to put their influential impact and guidance on display.
“We can work with you on developing a winning resume, learning proper interview techniques and honing your networking skills — all of which help you to become a solid candidate for your next job opportunity,” a spokesperson for Long Island Beauty School said. “We offer lots of opportunities to our students upon graduation, thanks to the business connections our instructors have with area hair and beauty industry professionals. You can get the skills you need to prepare yourself for the next step in life and land your dream job with ease.”
Moreover, amongst Williams chief objectives and responsibilities is to position and empower prospective hairstylists/cosmetologists on preparing for and mastering the state testing they are required to take in order to delve off into entrepreneurial ship.
“As a cosmetology educator, I found the need in coaching students even after graduation by coaching them and building their confidence so that they can pass the state board (exams) and have their license,” Williams said. “And not just have it, but have it with confidence as they embark upon this industry. That’s my passion.”
All of sums up how Williams has emerged as the award-winning pillar she has become in this ever-so-popular industry.
Awards such as being a recipient of the Sal Pappacoda Memorial Award at the Long Island Beauty School, the Teachers Appreciation Award of her years of dedicatory service, which spans more than 10 years.
And then there is the weekend whereby Williams is afforded time and again to put her immense knowledge and skills on display.
“On the weekend, I work in the salon and I attend some classes keep up with the (latest) trends,” Williams explained. “It’s imperative that we stay positive, and I’m always around my fellow stylists, because they have great respect for me.”
So much, in fact, they a number of stylists have appropriately labeled Williams a “pioneer” in this booming industry.
Not bad for a thriving, progressive “pioneer,” whose reputation is such that she customarily wears many hats.
“This is my dream story,” Williams said while flashing her signature smile. “I want the world to know that as cosmetology educator, this has impacted my life.”
Indeed it has.
Accomplishments that, to her credit, have made proud those not just in Hempstead, New York, but those back in the British Virgin Island.
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