Wilton Method Instructors

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osman1989 Posted 21 Apr 2010 , 5:39pm
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I teach at Hobby Lobby here in Tulsa, OK. Started last February so been teaching a little over a year now. It's been so much fun. Good luck to all you new WMI's.

TexasSugar Posted 21 Apr 2010 , 6:05pm
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Tracy I'm not totally sure, but I would say it doesn't hurt to fill it out again. Also on the Wilton website there is a place to check to see if there are any openings in your area.

Oh and I don't mind being called a superstar. icon_wink.gif

Tamyarm, I'm at the Michaels in Tyler.

TexasSugar Posted 21 Apr 2010 , 6:08pm
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Just wanted to add...

If you haven't alraedy heard about it or joined, there is a Yahoo Group that is just for WMIs. It is a great resource of information, a good place to ask class related questions or get help on situations you may have come across in class.

Send an email to: WiltonMI-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Selina (sweetcakes on here I believe) is the one that started it and she will just ask you a couple of questions to verify that you are an WMI then will get you set up.

cake-angel Posted 22 Apr 2010 , 4:51pm
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I am a WMI! I have been for 1.5 years now. Love every minute of it and it gives me a reason to get out of my house and take time for myself without feeling guilty about hiring a babysitter. LOL. Our store has been so busy with course we can hardly keep up with demand. I am looking forward to June.

sweetcakes Posted 23 Apr 2010 , 3:33am
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me too, ive been teaching since 1996, for the past 12 yrs at Hobby Lobby in Denton Tx. do send me a pm with your email so i can get you on our message board.

SweetSullivans Posted 23 Apr 2010 , 2:45pm
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Did you have to go to the Wilton School and take the Master courses to be employed to teach Wilton at Joann's or Michael's. Have thought about doing this and was wondering if they pay you a flat fee per class or by the student?

TexasSugar Posted 23 Apr 2010 , 2:57pm
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No, you don't have to do the master courses. I do think it helps if you have taken the courses, but I don't think you are required to have taken them.

The pay is based off the number of students you have. I don't know if it is exactly the same at every account but if you want to know about Michaels you can PM me. I'd rather not post it on here. Depending on which account you work at you will be required to do different things like demos and such. Unless you have a bunch of classes going every month, to me it is more a part time job for spending money. I'm sure there are some that do this to pay bills, but for me what I make varies too much month to month to really be able to budget the money coming in.

Go to Wilton.com and you can find the appliciation for being a WMI to see what questions they ask you.

hollylikescake Posted 25 Apr 2010 , 3:44am
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I had someone ask me recently about the girl scout cake decorating patch and told them I would look into it. If I was going to do this with them, is this something I do through my store or just on my own? Do I order the kits through wilton? Has anyone done this?

CelebrationsbyLori Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 1:12am
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I've been teaching for 12 years. First at a JoAnne's store for a couple of years, at a Michael's store for 3 years and at my own store for 10 years now. It's a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the new curriculum!

Cakepro Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 1:28am
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Thirteen year WMI here. icon_smile.gif

kaseynh Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 1:48am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CelebrationsbyLori

I've been teaching for 12 years. First at a JoAnne's store for a couple of years, at a Michael's store for 3 years and at my own store for 10 years now. It's a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the new curriculum!




Lori...Are you able to share what the new curriculum is?

kimebarnes Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 1:55am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hollylikescake

I had someone ask me recently about the girl scout cake decorating patch and told them I would look into it. If I was going to do this with them, is this something I do through my store or just on my own? Do I order the kits through wilton? Has anyone done this?




I actually just looked this up last week for my daughters daisy scout troup if you go to the wilton site and type kids decorating it will show you how to order the kits if i recall its is around 6dollars per kit and includes the patch

kimebarnes Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 1:57am
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have been teaching for 3months at a hobby lobby in kansas city I love it so far

tonedna Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 1:58am
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I been a Wilton instructor for around 7 years

I love teaching!!!
Edna icon_biggrin.gif

Occther Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 1:58am
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I applied to be a Wilton Instructor several years ago but was treated so nastily by the Wilton rep who called me, I would never consider it. Keep in mind that I developed a nationally accredited associate level program and taught college for 7 years when I had applied. I was a fairly new decorator at the time, but definitely had the skills. (I filled in several times for my Wilton instructor.) I wanted to do it because I thought it would be fun (at the time I was self-employed and had a flexible schedule.)

cupcakers Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 2:47am
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Another WMI here ! I love it I have been at Michael's for almost two years. I still keep in touch with my first class we all go out to dinner every so often. icon_smile.gif

jhuntl01 Posted 7 May 2010 , 11:43pm
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I am a begining WMI, I start my classes in June. I have a full load of four nights a week (4 classes each week), 2 basic and a level 2 and 3. I have waited for a very long time (WMI's tend to stay long term around here). I am working through Hobby Lobby and I am excited and nervous at the same time icon_smile.gif

CelebrationsbyLori Posted 8 May 2010 , 3:04am
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kaseynh,
You should have already started getting info about the new version of the classes to start teaching them in June. The training seminars had a ton of info about the new stuff! I got an e-mail a month ago about being able to download videos for each class. If you haven't gotten this info, contact your superviser and find out why!
HTH -Lori

CelebrationsbyLori Posted 8 May 2010 , 3:05am
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kaseynh,
You should have already started getting info about the new version of the classes to start teaching them in June. The training seminars had a ton of info about the new stuff! I got an e-mail a month ago about being able to download videos for each class. If you haven't gotten this info, contact your superviser and find out why!
HTH -Lori

LisaMarie86 Posted 2 Aug 2010 , 8:31pm
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Hello I am in the process of becoming an instructor. Just waiting for the registration check to get to my supervisior and the get the supplies. I start teaching in September. I am doing 3 classes.

loriana Posted 4 Aug 2010 , 4:27am
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I just resigned in May when the new curriculum was starting up. I didn't care to teach it after the changes. I had been teaching at Michaels a little over 2 years.

Maflor Posted 4 Aug 2010 , 4:54am
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I have been teaching at hobby lobby in texas, for over 7 years

buttersquash Posted 5 Aug 2010 , 1:45pm
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I started out as a Wilton student last fall, and when I completed the courses I applied to be a WMI. I was selected for AC Moore in March and started in April of this year. My store is less then a year old, and I'm the lead instructor. I teach two courses a month and I sometimes have a floating instructor that comes in from another AC Moore on the weekends if there is a big enough of demand. Right now with the hot weather the demand has sort of dipped a little bit.

BlessP Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 8:44am
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What kind of benefits do you get as a WMI? Do you get discount in their classes in Il?

Artistsway2 Posted 18 Apr 2013 , 3:27pm
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AJust finishing classes for final/Wilton's level 4. Teaching did come up. This is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

CathyJohnson Posted 18 Apr 2013 , 3:44pm
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I am and have been teaching at Michaels for about 3 1/2 years!
 

letem_eat_cakes Posted 18 Apr 2013 , 10:25pm
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Just over three years for me. But I just stopped for a while to spend more time with my 2 year old

johnfidelr Posted 2 Sep 2013 , 6:12am
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I've been an instructor for 2 years.  I'm not sure how everyone else's stores work, but the peak time for classes is the Summer and the worst time for sign ups is the Winter.  I was thinking about becoming the knitting instructor during the slow season, since I'm also an experienced knitter.

 

I have some advice for people starting off as a instructor or just notice that they can't get anymore then two classes a month.

 

1.)  Get to know the employees.  Make sure you always greet the cashiers and take the time to tell them how important they are to your job.  They are the front lines at my store and they are the ones that usually get asked about classes more then the floor associates.  Most casheirs are cake hobbyist and I always gab with them about cake ideas.  It makes them think about me when they see cake decorating supplies in their customers carts and they bring me and my classes up.  Plus I always tell everyone that if they can't answer a cake question on the floor to direct the customer to my class so I can make a possible pitch.

2.) Always do a cool gel transfer that really looks amazing on the cake you make on Session 1 of Course 1.  After class make sure to walk around the store with it and let the employees know that you just finished a cake decorating class in the class room and that there will be cake in the break room for whoever wants any, but make sure you say all that loud enough to peak nearby customers interests.

 

3.) I've made a scrapbook with the best cakes from my students.  With my students permission I show it off to customers in the aisles as I answer questions on my breaks in between classes.  I make sure to point out the good ones that have no prior cake decorating experience.

When I'm doing good, I can teach anywhere around 8 to 12 classes a month.

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