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Take a moment to get to know a few extraordinary Vanguard College of Cosmetology Paul Mitchell Partner School - Slidell  alumni. Their stories speak to the power of dreaming big and getting a great education.

Erin Michelle Tracey

Regional Director, Vanguard College of Cosmetology, A Paul Mitchell Partner School

I graduated from Paul Mitchell and I always knew that I would return to the schools one day. This happened sooner rather than later for me because the culture is infectious. I knew with the passion I possess for this industry and the culture Paul Mitchell and Vanguard provide, I could make an impact in the lives of our Future Professionals. I joined the Paul Mitchell Schools in 2010 as a Core Learning Leader, and after teaching two amazing Core classes, I became the Phase Two Learning Leader. I loved inspiring and motivating Future Professionals, leading them to become professionals in this industry.  I drew from my experience as a hairstylist to guide and lead an amazing Phase Two program.  

When it comes to a mentor, I take something from everyone I encounter. I have had the honor of meeting and interacting with so many empowering and impactful people in my career, and I have taken so many lessons along the way that have molded the person I am. I never take an opportunity for granted to learn from someone else. I had the privilege of being able to learn under a wonderful educator, Thomas Cousins, at a Thomas Cousins Salon. He gave me the tools to become a motivated and inspired educator.  

My favorite thing about working for Vanguard is the acceptance I feel from just being ME and the opportunity I have to make a difference in so many people’s lives. My advice to Future Professionals is to be patient and hold your dreams and goals close, never lose sight of them. Life is fast and can change with every breath you take so you never know what’s to come. Embrace life in the moment and make today the very best day of your life. 

To me, living beautifully starts form the inside of us all. I started cosmetology school with the mindset that I will fall in love with myself, and throughout my journey and tremendous growth I can honestly say there is no one else and nowhere else I would rather be. I live life beautifully every day.

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