Paul Mitchell Schools Take Top Honors in Modern Salon's 2015 "Excellence in Education" Program

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Paul Mitchell Schools Take Top Honors in Modern Salon's 2015 "Excellence in Education" Program

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL—MODERN SALON Media has named the 2015 class of “Excellence in Education” honorees in its sixth annual program recognizing leadership and best practices among cosmetology schools. Paul Mitchell Schools were chosen to represent excellence in the category of Beauty Changes Lives, Community Involvement, Facilities, The Next Level, Placement, School Culture, Technology. MODERN SALON Publisher Steve Reiss announced the honorees during the AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools) 2015 convention in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 24.

Honorees were determined based on key criteria in each category, and grouped according to school size or number of locations. Two top honorees were chosen in each category—one individual school location, and a multi-location school organization. Small schools, large schools, chain schools and single units of chain schools are all represented.

“We received applications from cosmetology schools across the country and look forward to celebrating all the 2015 Excellence in Education honorees and sharing their stories.  It is truly a great time to pursue a beauty education and career, and the program at Paul Mitchell Schools exemplifies that fact,” MODERN SALON Editorial Director Michele Musgrove says. 

Sharing stories of innovation, inspiration, and collaboration from a diverse group of leading schools is an important part of MODERN SALON’s “Excellence in Education” mission, Musgrove explains. “We want to help spread the word about the exceptional work cosmetology schools are doing to help launch beautiful careers. We hope the professional salon industry and their communities will join us in celebrating them.”    

"I personally have over 30 years in the beauty school business and have loved every moment,” said Paul Mitchell Schools' Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh. “To now see our entire industry take notice of the good things being done by schools is a welcoming experience. Thanks, Modern Salon, and congratulations to all of the schools that are being celebrated!”

Winner: Paul Mitchell Schools
Finalists: Paul Mitchell The School Jacksonville, Paul Mitchell The School Chicago, Paul Mitchell The School Arlington – Dallas – San Antonio 

Beauty Changes Lives:
Winner: Paul Mitchell The School Esani
Finalist: Paul Mitchell Schools

Winner: Bella Capelli Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School
Finalist: Paul Mitchell The School Esani, Paul Mitchell Schools

Community Involvement:
Finalist: Pulse Beauty Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School
Finalist: Paul Mitchell Schools

The Next Level:
Finalist: Paul Mitchell The School Esani
Finalist: Paul Mitchell Schools 

Marketing Innovation:
Finalist: Paul Mitchell The School Chicago 

School Culture:
Finalists: Paul Mitchell The School Jacksonville; Bella Capelli Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School; Paul Mitchell The School Chicago; Paul Mitchell Schools 

Excellence in Education was created in conjunction with a partnership between Modern Salon Media and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS); the program helps the school community collect and share examples of great work being done across the country.

Each year, the program recognizes outstanding achievement by beauty schools across the country. Hundreds of applications are submitted by individual and multi-unit schools in hopes of being acknowledged for ideas and best practices worth sharing.

MODERN SALON Media is a division of Lincolnshire, Illinois-headquartered Vance Publishing Corporation. MODERN SALON Media is the leading publisher of multi-media resources to serve and connect beauty professionals through every stage of their careers.  Visit to learn more about the honorees and finalists in each category and to see feature spotlights on the top honorees.



Excellence in Education Spotlight: Technology at Paul Mitchell Schools

Excellence in Education Spotlight: Paul Mitchell The School Esani, Beauty Changes Lives Honoree

Excellence in Education Spotlight: Placement at Bella Capelli Academy, A Paul Mitchell School

Excellence in Education Top Honorees

2015 Excellence in Education Finalists 

Written By: Gail Fink, Paul Mitchell Schools

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