After spending most of her career behind a cosmetologist’s chair, Cristy Moore was ready to start a new chapter.

The new cosmetology instructor at Pontotoc Technology Center was a practicing cosmetologist for about 20 years before she decided she wanted to pass her skills on to others. She earned an instructor’s license in cosmetology in Byng four years ago and went on to receive a barber’s license from the Anthony David Academy in Moore.

Moore officially moved into teaching when she joined the faculty at the Pontotoc Technology Center in August 2016.

Moore said her favorite teaching moments occur when she demonstrates something to her students, and they look confused for a split second. But then they show Moore that they understand, and she knows that she’s reached them.

“That, right there, is really fulfilling,” she said. “Every day that I’m here, somebody’s light bulb goes off.”

Moore said working at the Technology Center is the biggest reward of her teaching career to date.

“They treat you like family here, and I absolutely adore this place,” she said.

The cosmetology program, which is open to high school students and adults, teaches students about nail, skin, scalp and hair care. Students receive classroom instruction and hands-on training in those subjects, as well as customer service and shop management.

The program is designed to produce licensed cosmetologists who can help customers enhance their appearance.

Appointments from the public are accepted from 8 to 11 a.m. and from noon and 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. The program carries Biolage and Moroccan Oil products.