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Meet some of the Learning Leaders and team members who make Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa so special.

Taylor Foster

Regional Marketing Leader

Experience in the beauty industry…

With a mother who was a part of the beauty industry my entire life and prior experience in retail management and cosmetics, I feels as though I found the perfect fit to combine all of my passions into one role. I’m also passionate about makeup; I have obtained incredible experience and knowledge in makeup & skincare with a work history from Sephora and Dior Cosmetics.

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My mentor and inspiration is my Mother, Lisa. She has a huge heart, but she’s also incredibly strong. I think it’s great when someone can master having two qualities like kindness and strength. There’s often a line between the two, but she’s always known how to give a kind word when needed, but still push me to be the best version of myself at the same time. I love her for that. 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Baton Rouge, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

As a Vanguard Team Member you have the ability to create opportunities for yourself. If you want reach a goal, you just push yourself and do what you have to do to get there. You will not only achieve what you set out to do, but you’ll do so with an entire team backing you. There is nothing more incredible than having a group of people that support you, genuinely care about you & want to celebrate your success, I think that sets us apart as a company.

To me, living beautifully means…

To me living beautifully means being a light for your peers. There’s a quote I absolutely love that says “Be somebody that makes everyone feel like somebody.” I think that’s really powerful. Of course living beautifully could be classified as wearing a beautiful lipstick or having really great hair, but I think creating positive energy and giving people a piece of that is truly living beautifully.

Carolyn Gai

State Board Specialist

Experience in education…

I’ve been a licensed educator in the state of Louisiana for 36 years. I have held positions such as cosmetology educator, nail tech educator, and esthetician educator, and have also taught all specialties within the school setting. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I’ve been licensed as a cosmetologist for 37 years and have worked in three salons. I’ve served in the capacity of cosmetologist, nail technician, and esthetician. I became a Paul Mitchell Associate and National Educator in 2001. I’ve worked as a Vanguard Team member in many capacities since 2002. 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

I have more than one. As a stylist, it is Corin Koehl—a member of Hair America and owner of salons and beauty schools. She was a very talented stylist. The other two would have to be Mark and Lisa Palermo. Both of them have given me lessons on how to be a great person and business owner and how to treat others. I could go on and on! 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Baton Rouge, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The team and teamwork! 

To me, living beautifully means…

Doing your best to help others achieve their goals. In doing so, you make dreams come true.

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