Faculty Spotlight: Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones has been teaching Cosmetology at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) since 2009, and her passion for this profession is seen in the success of her many students.  She teaches students on the Sandersville and Dublin campuses and seeks to make a difference in their lives every day.

Jones is a native of Orlando, Fla., but moved to Sandersville in 1987. We recently sat down with Jones to get an inside look at why she loves what she does. Check out her interview!

Lisa Jones in the classroom with her Cosmetology students.

Lisa Jones in the classroom with her Cosmetology students. 

Q: How long have you been at OFTC?
A: I started teaching at OFTC (then, Heart of Georgia Technical College) in 2009.

Q: What do you love most about teaching Cosmetology?
A: In the cosmetology industry, the trends are always changing. A good hairstylist is always up to date on the new trends and that’s one area I love to teach my students. Making someone feel beautiful and good about themselves is also something I have always loved about this industry – that’s not something everyone gets to do.

Q: What do you love most about OFTC?
A: We are one big family. The faculty and staff strive to put the students first. We do whatever it takes to see a student graduate.

Q: Do you have any stand-out experiences as an instructor that have made a lasting impression?
A: The best experience is knowing that I’ve helped someone complete a goal and graduate from cosmetology. Especially when they call me and tell me they passed their state board exam and say, ‘I could not have done it without you, Mrs. Jones; thank you for believing in me.’ That always makes my job worth it.

Q: What is the best part about working with students?
A: The thing I really enjoy is when it comes to working with the students is having the opportunity to see so many diverse personalities. I work with students who are coming from different walks of life.  When I am working with students on a task and I get to see that “light” come on and I know that they understand what I am trying to teach them- that is priceless. Most of all knowing they are leaving OFTC with something I have had the pleasure of teaching them whether it be a technical skill, life skill, or work ethic skill.

Q: If you had to choose a motto for your teaching and what you want for your students, what would it be?
A: Can’t never could. You can accomplish anything you desire if you try. Try harder each time until you master the task at hand. Never give up.

For more info about OFTC’s Cosmetology program, visit OFTC.edu.

Group photo of OFTC Cosmetology Class

Group photo of OFTC Cosmetology Class, L-R, Front Row: Debra Green (Washington County), Denise Ricci (Glascock County), Sonya Henderson (Jefferson County), Lisa Jones, instructor; Back Row: Mayleigh Adams (Warren County), Haley Wallace (Washington County), Jessica Garmas (Washington County); Noah Ellis (Glascock County).