Passing of the Shears
June 11, 2018 – After 40 years of working as an educator, mentor, and role model, Peggy Braswell, hangs up her apron and puts away her shears.
The Cosmetology program at Southeastern Technical College (STC) focuses on the practical application of salon management, mixology, and customer service to ensure graduates are successful in their field. Cosmetology instructors are responsible for covering all aspects of cosmetology from braiding to bookkeeping.
Peggy Braswell has worked at STC’s Swainsboro campus molding future cosmetologists for more than 35 years. In addition to this, Peggy has owned and operated her own salon and has made a large impact on the Swainsboro-Vidalia community.
Earlier this year, Peggy retired from her position as Cosmetology Instructor and is looking forward to spending quality time with her grandchildren. Her work at STC has been a rewarding and valuable experience.
The many years of work and dedication Peggy has contributed to her students and faculty members at STC will leave one large smock to fill. Peggy’s students have gone on to be successful cosmetologists across the county and the state. Some have even started their own salons.
Peggy’s shears will be passed down to Linda Hairr who will be taking over Peggy’s role at STC’s Swainsboro campus. Linda has worked as STC’s Cosmetology instructor on the Vidalia campus for more than 7 years. In addition to her work at STC, Linda has also successfully owned and operated her own salon since 1990.
“Peggy has been my mentor and I have always looked up to her,” said Linda. “She is a truly great educator and has given me so many tips and techniques for teaching students with all types of learning styles.”
Linda began her work at STC as an adjunct instructor for Peggy and in 2011, she became a full-time Cosmetology instructor for Southeastern Technical College on the Vidalia campus and is excited about returning to the Swainsboro campus where her teaching career began.
“I can only hope to produce as many great stylists as she has,” stated Linda. “It’s an honor for me to carry on the passion and knowledge she has instilled in me and to have this opportunity to pay it forward in this community that I call home.”
As for STC’s Vidalia Cosmetology program, another excellent instructor has stepped up to the mat. Courtney Durrence has been a licensed cosmetologist for 13 years and has owned and operated her own salon for the last 10 years.
“Being a hairstylist is not a job to me, it is my passion,” says Courtney.” “I am looking forward to furthering my career as a Cosmetology instructor at STC. It will be a great joy to educate and train the future stylists of this great industry.”
For more information on Southeastern Technical College’s Cosmetology program, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.
Peggy Braswell (Right) “passing the shears” to Linda Hairr (Left).