Brennan Claybaugh, director of education of Paul Mitchell Schools and the Advanced Academy, recently welcomed five new members to the Advanced Academy team. Emma Long, Jenni Bybee, Monique Sapenter, Nikki Ramos, and Jasmine Brock have met the rigorous requirements for admission to the Advanced Academy team.
“It’s a long road,” Brennan says. “To even be considered, candidates must be employed at a Paul Mitchell School and reach Level 3 certification in their specialty (cutting, color, texture, or makeup). They must be highly recommended by their school owner, a current member of the Advanced Academy team, or another high-ranking staff member.
Once approved, candidates are invited to attend Advanced Academy training (held three times a year) and to shadow key team members at Advanced Academy classes and at trainings and certification sessions at other Paul Mitchell Schools – all at their own expense. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional skills and attitude and complete Level 4 certification before joining the team.
Members of the Advanced Academy conduct staff trainings and certifications at Paul Mitchell Schools. Select team members also teach the information-packed advanced haircutting, hair coloring, and makeup classes at the Advanced Academy for licensed professionals. Most of those courses are 3- or 5-day hands-on retreats, held at various locations throughout the country.
For more information about the Advanced Academy, including a schedule of upcoming classes, registration information, and bios and photos of the entire team, please visit http://paulmitchell.edu/advanced-academy.
Meet the Newest Team Members
Nikki Ramos, Color Team
Since joining the industry in 2005, Nikki Ramos has explored her passion for hair by studying at advanced academies including Paul Mitchell and Vidal Sassoon in London. With a dedication to excellence, she became highly certified in all presentation and technical skills, making her a multi-talented Learning Leader Advisor and Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School – Sacramento and Advanced Academy team member.
Jasmine Brock, Makeup Team
As a little girl playing with makeup and giving haircuts to dolls, Jasmine Brock fell in love with the beauty industry. Her ongoing passion resulted in years of successful work in a salon, on TV and film sets, and at New York Fashion Week. A Learning Leader at Paul Mitchell The School – San Antonio, Jasmine says there’s nothing more fulfilling than fueling the passion in eager Future Professionals who want a career in the industry.
Emma Long, Texture Team
Emma Long has always been passionate about the world of hair, fashion, and beauty, and her passion was truly ignited as a student at The Hair Academy – A Paul Mitchell Partner School. Upon completing her education, Emma returned to The Hair Academy as a cosmetology instructor, falling more deeply in love with hairstyling and texture. Emma has filled numerous roles in the Paul Mitchell School system and has trained with and learned from some of the industry’s top stylists.
Jenni Bybee, Texture Team
After graduating from cosmetology school in 2005, Jenni Bybee spent two years working in a small boutique salon and building on her education by seeking guidance and mentoring from veteran hairdressers. Jenni’s passion for excellence and education led her to Paul Mitchell Schools, where the Advanced Academy team fostered her desire to grow and give back. Jenni looks forward to helping her fellow Learning Leaders become even more confident and technically sound.
Monique Sapenter, Texture Team
With 19 years of hands-on industry experience and over 11 years of teaching, Monique Sapenter brings a vast and multifaceted spectrum of information to the positions of Learning Leader and Texture Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School – San Antonio. Originally from Los Angeles, Monique is a proud member of the Cosmetology Educators of America. She is working to complete the requirements to become a Master Educator through both Milady Standard Textbook and Pivot Point Salon Fundamentals.
About Paul Mitchell Schools’ Advanced Academy
The Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy program
offers information-packed advanced haircutting, hair coloring, and makeup. Most courses are 3- or 5-day hands-on retreats, taught by a team of nationally recognized artists and educators. Our multi-tiered curriculum includes intermediate and advanced education that we call CORE (“Learn the Rules”) and ADAPTIVE (“Bend the Rules”). CLICK HERE
to download the schedule of upcoming classes.
About Paul Mitchell Schools
At Paul Mitchell Schools, our teaching style is unique. We believe that education is an adventure and the learning experience needs to be fun. When visitors tour a Paul Mitchell School, they notice something different—a positive learning environment everywhere they look. The culture within every Paul Mitchell School campus inspires confidence and success. Each school is a learning community that provides future professionals with the opportunities to develop essential skills while exploring their talents, passion, and creativity. Paul Mitchell School instructors—we call them "learning leaders"—are trained to draw out the artist in every student and prepare them to compete in the real world. Rather than concentrate only on the basic training needed to pass state licensing board exams, Paul Mitchell Schools provide a well-rounded lifestyle education. Our experienced staff members are specially trained to help future professionals explore all of their creative and professional possibilities.
Established 30 years ago, the Paul Mitchell
network is nearly 100,000 salons strong and in 81 countries worldwide. Every professional hairdresser knows the Paul Mitchell name. Prospective employers recognize Paul Mitchell Schools’ commitment to quality and their reputation for innovation and excellence.