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

Molly Quirk

Co-owner

Experience in education…   

I have been an owner of Paul Mitchell The School Monroe since 2009, and now our Madison branch campus. With more than 20 years in the public and private education sector, I bring knowledge in communication, marketing, financial aid, operations, and accreditation aspects of the business.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…    

I've worked on Paul Mitchell School publications and materials for more than 15 years. 

 

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

My mentor and the individuals who have inspired me most are my parents and grandparents. My dad has taught me to work hard and to keep my eye on the ball. Through his leadership, he has never sold the shadow for the substance and instilled my faith in a higher power. My paternal grandparents embraced life’s challenges without complaint, and pushed the status quo with their “mixed marriage,” as it was labeled during that time. My mom has given me passion and imagination, tempered by a sense of humor and lightness of being. My maternal grandparents gave me fortitude, and reminded me that we are responsible for what we do for and bring to the world.

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Monroe is…

The opportunity to be part of young people’s lives and get to know them. Our Future Professionals always remind me of what a gift it is to be young when everything matters and all things are possible.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Existing in a good balance—being grateful for both the blessings and the burdens, being aware of the light and dark around us, and being able to give and receive love. 

Susan Papageorgio Gouin

Owner

Experience in education…

I graduated beauty school and studied communication and marketing at College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have worked in the beauty industry as a hairdresser at Horst & Friends Salon. At Aveda Institute, I served as admissions leader, school director, vice president of education, and was co-founder of the Aveda School Program. I founded Inspired Learning in 1998, and served as a consultant to top companies and salons, including Aveda, Regis and Paul Mitchell Schools.

 

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

I learn so much every day and I am so blessed to have passionate and talented people around me to keep my passion alive for our industry.

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Monroe is…

I love our culture and helping our Future Professionals find careers in our industry. I love to do salon tours and visits with them and show them how to be successful.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To me, living beautifully means being balanced and focusing on family first, then creating a work environment where you can love what you do, love who you do it with, and love who you are doing it for! My personal motto is "My success is guaranteed!" I believe all experience is learning; that is why I named my company Inspired Learning.

Nikki Burdt

Core Specialist

Experience in education

I am an amazing educator with more than nine years of experience instructing students in the Phoenix, Iowa, and now Madison campuses.

 

Experience in the beauty industry

I have been a licensed cosmetologist in three states for 12 years.

 

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

My mentors who have inspired me most are Scott Cole and Linda Yodice. They showed me you can be a creative person and still maintain the structure and discipline needed to be a successful and talented professional. From them, I learned that we touch so much more than just hair.

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Madison is…

Being able to show new Future Professionals that they can be so much more than “just a hairdresser.” Our team shows our students that this industry is the embodiment of heart, skill, passion, and discipline. Only with a strong combination of these skills will anyone truly achieve their goals. 

 

To me living beautifully means…

Being able to find joy in any situation.  

Thomas Michel

Enrollment Specialist, Service Desk Leader, Paul Mitchell School Graduate

Experience in education 

I was a part of the team at Paul Mitchell The School Monroe as the service desk coordinator and Take Home team leader, and am now at Paul Mitchell The School Madison. I embody the culture and am proficient in product knowledge and guest service skills. 

 

Experience in the beauty industry   

I've been a licensed cosmetologist for two years and am licensed in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. 

 

My mentor and the person who has most inspired me is…

My father. He struggled through so much strife in life and always managed to pull through and find happiness. I will always admire his courage and strength. 

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Madison is…

Having the opportunity to meet and mentor the Future Professionals of our industry and guiding them along in their journey.  

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living authentically. Being authentic means that you live without apologies or regret and bring joy into others’ lives. 

Amy Campbell

Admissions Leader

Experience in education…

As admissions leader, I have the opportunity to lead professional development classes with our Future Professionals as they move through the program. As a licensed instructor in the State of WI, I have the ability to join technical classes and spend time on the salon floor from time to time.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Before my journey with Paul Mitchell The School began, I worked behind the chair for a short time. I absolutely loved making my clients beautiful and happy. After joining the team with Paul Mitchell The School Monroe, I was able to experience many different aspects of the industry. I am very excited to see what the future holds in this amazing industry.

 

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

Our leader, Susan Papageorgio, is my mentor. She has knowledge and experience that is so valuable. I continue to learn from her and her expertise.

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Monroe is…

Our Future Professionals are so bright and motivated. I love spending my time with them and getting to know each one and learn their story. It is very rewarding to see them grow as they move through the program and on to graduation.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living beautifully means to continually learn, change, and grow professionally and personally. It is important to be inspired by others and inspire others with your unique qualities.

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