Kelli Malone

Professor of Cosmetology

Kelli Malone
Main Campus
Professional Careers, PC 149

Year Hired
Hired in 2005, part-time and hired in 2008 full-time

Associate's Degree in General Studies
Associate's Degree in Applied Science in Cosmetology

Awards & Recognitions 
2008 Kaskaskia College Community Education Award
2010 Kaskaskia College Faculty Horizon Award
2009 - 2015 Skills USA Trainer to the 1st place winner in the State of IL
2012 Skills USA Trainer for the National Silver Medalist at the National Championships
2015 Skills USA Trainer for the National Gold Medalist at the National Championships

Professional Affiliations
Skills USA

What did you do before teaching at Kaskaskia College? - Before teaching at Kaskaskia College, I worked in area salons in Greenville and O’Fallon, IL. I also owned a salon in Germantown when I decided to make a professional change and begin my teaching career. I chose to return to KC to begin the student teaching program. Earlier in my post-secondary education, I had taken classes at KC and another university, but the small class sizes and the personal attention from the instructors at Kaskaskia College was unlike anything I had seen elsewhere and an important factor in my decision. I remember the excitement of student teaching and realizing this was a field for which I was truly passionate. I have never regretted my decision to leave the salon and begin teaching Cosmetology at KC. Students who have a passion for this industry and come here fulfilling their life-long dream of becoming a Cosmetologist motivate me. I love training students for competitions. Their competitive spirit drives me to be at my professional best. I am fortunate to train some of the future greats of the industry. It reminds me of the excitement I felt as a student and I enjoy being a part of their journey. I also find it motivating to attend the hair shows like the ABS in Chicago, the Fashion Focus show in Nashville, and other large shows with students for their first time. The energy of a big show gets them excited to come back to school, step up their game and continue to learn.

Up to this point what is your proudest teaching moment? – Being a former advisor for Skills USA is my proudest moment as an educator thus far. I was the advisor for the gold medal winner for the state of Illinois in the Nail Care competition for 7 straight years. During those seven years, my competitors repeatedly placed in the top 10 nationally and medaled nationally twice. In 2012 I trained the national silver medal winner and in 2015 I watched with amazement as the competitor I trained stood on the stage as the Skills USA Gold Medal National Champion.  Watching a student go from a nervous competitor to a champion on a podium is a very proud moment. All of the hard work and preparations up to that moment flash by instantaneously and the value of their hard work has paid off. Although my journey with training students to compete has ended, I continue to serve the organization as a judge for the Nail Care Competition at both the State and National levels.

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