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  • Rita Schimelpfening

    Cosmetology Instructor
    1411 Bensdale Rd.
    Pleasanton, TX 78064
    (830) 569-4222 ext. 1215 

    Cosmetology Instructor
    1411 Bensdale Rd.
    Pleasanton, TX 78064
    (830) 569-4222 ext. 1215 


  • Vita

    Rita Schimelpfening, the Cosmetology Instructor at the Pleasanton site of Coastal Bend College, believes she was destined for this profession when she was just a little tot and cut her doll’s hair believing it would grow back. Hmmm…we know the results of that, but if it sounds familiar to you then you just might be a good candidate for the cosmetology program. Her love for this profession began over 40 years ago when she enrolled in Cosmetology as a junior at Southwest High School in San Antonio and served as Vice-President of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. After graduating from McMullen County High School in Tilden, she went to San Antonio Beauty College to complete her Cosmetology education. For several years, she worked at a salon in Angleton. In 1987, Rita’s love of Cosmetology and desire to beautify and make others feel good about themselves rose to a different level wanting to instill her knowledge into others, so they too, could make others beautiful. She challenged the Texas Cosmetology Commission Board of Examinations, acquired her Instructors’ license and began her Instructing career at Vogue Beauty College#25 in Corpus Christi. Some of her work was published in 1989 in the Styles and Stylists’ Kids & Teenagers Unisex Hairlooks 33rd Edition hairstyle book. From 1991-2002, she owned and operated her own Salon, The Total Image by Rita in Cotulla. But, her dedication didn’t stop here. She developed Coastal Bend College’s Cosmetology program in Pleasanton when it opened in 2002, and continues to instruct. In 2004 and again in 2007, by students’ nomination, she received the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award. In the Milady Standard Cosmetology 2007 Edition textbook, she was acknowledged in the Review Committee. Mrs. Schimelpfening became a Certified Master Educator in 2011 through Milady’s Career Institute, Clifton Park, NY., then in 2012 received an English Award in part of achieving her  A.A.S. Cosmetology at Coastal Bend College in Pleasanton. Through all this, she brings many years of ‘real life’ experience to the students.

    As with any profession, Mrs. Schimelpfening believes that if you do what you like and like what you do, it makes life’s journey much smoother. She loves her profession and has a passion for sharing it with others. In having small classes, her goal is to send out quality cosmetologists, who will be as successful-if not more successful-than herself. Her greatest reward is to see the success of her former students.

    Let her know if she can help you with any questions. Please, email her at  ritak@coastalbend.edu or call 830-569-4222 ext 1215. Thanks for visiting this website. Have a great day! Hope to hear from you soon.


    2012 - A.A.S. Cosmetology, Coastal Bend College, Pleasanton, Tx   

    2011 - Master Educator Certified, Milady’s Career Institute, Clifton Park, NY   

    1987 - Cosmetology Instructor License, Texas Cosmetology Commission, Austin, Tx   

    1974 - Operator License, Texas Cosmetology Commission, Austin, Tx   

    1974 - Graduated San Antonio Beauty College, San Antonio, Tx   

    1973 - High School Diploma, McMullen Co High School, Tilden, Tx   

    1971 - Began Cosmetology education at Southwest High School, San Antonio, Tx  


    CSME 1401  Orientation to Cosmetology  

    CSME 1405  Fundamentals of Cosmetology  

    CSME 1551 Artistry of Hair, Theory and Practice  

    CSME 2204 Introduction to Application of Hair Color 


    CSME  1453 Chemical Reformation & Related Theory  

    CSME 1431 Principles of Nail Technology I  

    CSME 1547 Principles of Skin/Facial and Related Theory  

    CSME 2202 Introduction to the Theory and Chemistry of Hair Color 


    CSME 2539 Advance Hair Design   

    CSME 2343 Salon Development   

    CSME 2441 Preparation for the State Licensing Examination