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Paul Mitchell Schools Take Top Honors in Modern Salon's 2016 "Excellence in Education" Awards

Each year, MODERN SALON’s Excellence in Education program recognizes outstanding achievement by beauty schools across the country. Paul Mitchell Schools have been named winners, finalists, and/or honorable mention in nearly every category, every year, since the program began in 2010. The 2016 honorees include the following Paul Mitchell Schools:

  • Marketing Innovation:
    Winner (3-way tie): Paul Mitchell Schools
    Finalist: Paul Mitchell The School San Diego
  • Placement:
    Winner: Paul Mitchell The School Esani
  • Community Involvement:
    Finalist: Paul Mitchell the School Chicago
  • Next Level: Alumni Programs
    Finalist: Paul Mitchell The School Esani
    Finalist: Paul Mitchell The School Pasadena
  • School Culture:
    Finalist: Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Technology:
    Finalist: Paul Mitchell The School Dallas 

Hundreds of applications were submitted by individual and multi-unit schools in hopes of being acknowledged for ideas and best practices worth sharing. The 2016 honorees were announced at the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) Annual Convention & Expo, November 5, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

“I personally have over 30 years in the beauty school business and have loved every moment,” said Winn Claybaugh, Dean and Cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools. “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!”

“School pride and powerful results were very evident this year,” said Modern Salon Editorial Director Michele Musgrove. “We are so impressed with the variety of top schools in the U.S. that entered Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education 2016 program. We have chosen a select few that we believe show leadership and best practices that other schools can use to learn and grow.”


MODERN SALON Media and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) developed MODERN SALON’s Excellence in Education program to help the professional beauty school community gather, share, and celebrate examples of great salon education experiences and beauty career development happening across the country. For more information, visit ModernSalon.com. 


Modern Salon Excellence in Education 2016 Top Honorees

Modern Salon Excellence in Education 2016 Finalists

Best Practices for Cosmetology Schools from the 2016 Excellence in Education Honorees

2015 Excellence in Education Spotlight: Technology at Paul Mitchell Schools

2015 Excellence in Education Spotlight: Paul Mitchell The School Esani, Beauty Changes Lives Honoree



Written By: Gail Fink, Paul Mitchell Schools

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