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

Lacie McInturff

Director’s Operations Assistant

Experience in education…

I was night service desk coordinator for two and a half years before becoming the director’s assistant. It was my first step into the education environment.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I started out working in the cosmetics department of Dillard’s for companies such as Origins, Georgio Armani, and Shiseido. I have been a freelance makeup artist for 10+ years now.

 

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

Dawn Creekmore, the director. She has shown me what it truly means to create your own future and your own place in the career that you want.

 

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

Every day is something fun and different. There is always a new open door and something new to learn and explore every day!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To love yourself and to be kind others. You never know what another person is going through, so why chance it—just always be kind!

Emily Henderson

Education Leader, Imagine Little Rock graduate

Experience in education…

I have taught theory, I've been a worksheet leader, texture specialist, makeup/skin/nail specialist, cutting specialist, Phase Two leader, clinic floor leader, Future Professional adviser, and more!

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been a licensed cosmetologist and instructor since 2009, and a Learning Leader since October, 2009.

 

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

My mentor in life has always been my grandmother. She is the one that inspired me to choose and pursue a career in the beauty industry.

 

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

The learning experience I am able to provide the Future Professionals. I had a great experience as a Future Professional and as a Team Member, which I am able to give back to make sure all Future Professionals have a great experience as well.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours. To live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you no one would believe it.

Dawn Creekmore

Regional School Director

Experience in education…

I became a full-time cosmetology instructor in 1989, and then became owner / director of a cosmetology school in 1990. 

Experience in the beauty Industry…

I became a licensed cosmetologist in 1984. 

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

Donna Waite—she is so wise and lives beautifully. 

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

Being surrounded by happy and inspired people all day, every day. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being happy with who you are.

Heather Tanner

Core Specialist / Pet Club Leader

Experience in education…

I’ve been with Imagine Little Rock as a Learning Leader since 2014. 

Experience in the beauty Industry…

I worked for Sport Clips training the new hires for five years, and I’ve been with Imagine Little Rock as a Learning Leader since 2014. 

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

Mike Helm—I love cutting and plan to be a Cutting Specialist. Another mentor of mine is our director, Dawn Creekmore— she inspires me to be the best I can be and is so involved in all of the things to do with our industry. 

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

The family atmosphere not only with my fellow staff members but also the Future Professionals. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living positive, honest and true to yourself.

Kaitlyn Melbourne

Theory Specialist, Paul Mitchell graduate

Experience in education…

I completed cosmetology school in January 2014, color specialist training in August 2014, and Paul Mitchell educator training on Ombre Techniques and Brazilian blowout in October 2014.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I did booth rental at Salon Bliss in Conway April through July in 2014; I have been doing commission at In and Out Cuts in Cabot since July of 2014. I have also done some freelance work for proms, weddings, and special events.

 

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

Tiffany Cazares. She has inspired me and helped me become the person I am today. Before I went to cosmetology school, I was working on my teaching degree, but never finished. When I was a Future Professional at Imagine Paul Mitchell and met Tiffany, I knew right then and there that I wanted to become a Learning Leader. A Learning Leader is a perfect combination of what I love to do: teach and be a hairstylist. Tiffany believed in me and guided me so I could fulfill my goal of becoming a Paul Mitchell Learning Leader.

 

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

Working with the Future Professionals. I love helping them achieve their goals, and seeing that look on their faces once they have accomplished something they once thought impossible. I never knew a "job" could be so rewarding, fun, and an adventure every single day. I love working at Imagine Paul Mitchell!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Believing that you are beautiful, and being the best possible version of yourself on the inside and out.

 

James Waller

Future Professional Advisor, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I have been with Imagine since January 2011. During that time, I have been a clinic floor Learning Leader, and a Phase Two and Core specialist. I am certified in level three color, level two cutting, men's cutting, texture, and makeup.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

In 2002, I transitioned from restaurant management to salon management. After seeing the opportunity in this industry, I decided to go to school. I earned my cosmetology license in 2008, and worked behind the chair at the same salon for two and a half years.

 

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

Vivienne Mackinder. She has trained with Vidal Sassoon and Trevor Sorbie, and is a five-time winner of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) as well as the recipient of NAHA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

 

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

My current role as Core specialist, because I get to witness each Future Professional's growth from day one to graduation. I feel honored to be able to inspire them as they begin their journey into this amazing industry.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Embracing Paul Mitchell's Be Nice (or Else!) culture in all aspects of my life. Acting with integrity, kindness, and putting others first is what makes the world a better place.

Emily Jahns

Financial Aid Assistant

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

Dawn Creekmore. She is our school director and the most influential person I know. The way she handles things with such grace is very inspiring, and she is such a good leader to everyone around her.

 

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

The culture takes you beyond any ordinary workplace or school; it empowers you to be positive, happy, and professional.

To me, living beautifully means…

Being yourself in the best way possible. To show your creativity and to truly live happily with yourself. 

Cory Shelton

Financial Aid Leader

Experience in education…

I have a Bachelor's in business administration.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have worked with Imagine Paul Mitchell since 2012. I have loved meeting all of our new students over the years.

 

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

Debbie Shelton is my mentor. When I think of someone whose advice I can always trust, who is honest, who has helped make me who I am today, and who I can see helping to make me who I want to be, I think of my mother.

 

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

I see how our school changes lives every day. Being able to be a part of someone's life-changing experience makes me feel great!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living beautiful is being professional, energizing, lending a helping hand, and making life beautiful for others.

Karla Jaquez

Admissions Leader

Experience in education…

Professional development classes here at Paul Mitchell. In the past I have worked with the educational school system, presenting to and mentoring seventh and twelfth graders. I have a passion for inspiring people through education.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been a part of the amazing admissions team at Paul Mitchell for two years, a licensed hairdresser for 11 years, and freelance makeup artist. I love to make things sparkle!

 

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

Casey Stephens has been a mentor to me and inspires me to be great in every way. Casey has such incredible integrity and love for this amazing company. She does EVERYTHING beyond the expectation; she exceeds the expectation with her own initiative.

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

The culture and systems. For the first time in my life, I work with people who are loving, caring, accepting, genuine, and more than anything, passionate about what they do. They inspire me every day. Organization is everywhere! Everything has a system, so things get done the best way possible. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Waking up and having a purpose EVERY single day. Living a positive and engaging life with people who share your passion and vision. 

Elecia Howard

Sales Leader, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I am a licensed cosmetology instructor and received my diploma at Imagine, A Paul Mitchell Partner School. I teach Grow Your Business classes in Core and protégé. I am also a member of the Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy sales team, teach nationwide Grow Your Business workshops, and visit schools to work with their leadership.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been a licensed cosmetologist since 1999, and have worked at Imagine since 2008 in the sales department.

 

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

Donna Waite and Susan Papageorgio. Both women are a great example that hard work and commitment to a cause really pays off. Both ladies are very knowledgeable in Paul Mitchell Systems and have helped me grow as a leader.

 

My favorite thing about working at Imagine Little Rock is…

Being happy! It is not easy to find a workplace that truly makes you happy. 

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Having peace of mind.

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