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

Tara Dowdal

Director

Experience in education…

I have been a licensed stylist since 1990, as well as a Paul Mitchell national educator and success coach for Paul Mitchell Advanced Education for four years. I have worked at Paul Mitchell The School for 12 years, have been working for Paul Mitchell The School Tampa for one year, and until 2014, was a member of the Advanced Academy Color Team.

Experience in the beauty industry…

I worked as a master stylist for 10 years, was a platform artist at Premiere Orlando, worked backstage at Caper and Signature Gathering for the Future Professionals' show, and also currently coordinate the student show for Premiere Orlando.

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

Giulio Veglio, because he never lets any adversity stop him from reaching his goals and always coaches and guides me to be better in every way.

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

Watching the growth of our industry and seeing the unbelievable talent that these Future Professionals possess.

To me, living beautifully means…

Having a positive attitude in life, being forward focused, having fun, spending time with my family and making lifelong relationships with my incredible Paul Mitchell family.

Larry Bullock

Barbering Learning Leader

Experience in education…

Six months. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have three years of experience in the beauty industry behind the chair. 

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

My lovely mother would be my mentor; she always told me I could be whatever I want to be—to just claim it and go get it. 

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

Giving back education and experiences to the Future Professionals and seeing them light up once they understand it! 

To me, living beautifully means…

Loving what I do and being successful.

Jennifer Leigh Parker

Night Learning Leader/Theory Specialist/Final Phase Specialist

Experience in education…

I have been an education specialist for Paul Mitchell, Aveda, Goldwell, and Redken. I am a graduate of BOCES technical school in New York and Lake Technical School in Florida.

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have 32 years of experience in the cosmetology industry, working in salons, theater, movies, TV commercials, education, print, runway, and as a platform artist, specializing in hair and makeup.  

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

Marlene Weber of Poughkeepsie, New York has groomed me to be the stylist I have become today, and has helped give me opportunities I never dreamed imaginable, by believing in me and providing extensive education.  

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

The continued education and the culture. It's truly a family atmosphere where everyone fits in. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Helping others to feel beautiful about themselves on the inside and out, and helping them to love themselves more.

Tanya Oz Mendez

Clinic Floor Learning Leader, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I worked as the global new talent trainer for John Paul Mitchell Systems, and am a 10-year Learning Leader with Paul Mitchell The School Tampa. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I've worked as a stylist at iStyle XG Salon, and have been a national color educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems. 

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

The education team are all my mentors for different reasons. They have each individually helped coach me to become the best me I can be. 

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

Teaching Future Professionals that become my colleagues in the beauty industry. 

To me, living beautifully means…

To follow your passion and share it with the world. It means to do what you love so you never work a day in your life.

Stephanie Hinkle

Night School Clinic Floor Captain/Night School Protégé Leader, Paul Mitchell The School Tampa graduate

Experience in education…

I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist since 2007. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have worked for Paul Mitchell The School for eight years. 

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

Kevin Michaels. I am inspired by his  leadership, execution of hair, and presentation skills. 

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

The atmosphere, culture, and that we are more than just a team and mentors, but are like family and inspiring the next generation of cosmetologists. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being true to one’s self while developing one's craft, spirituality, and career. 

Nisey DuPree

Learning Leader, Paul Mitchell The School Tampa graduate

Experience in education…

I have been a licensed cosmetologist since 2008. I've also been certified in tape-in extensions, sew-in extensions, and braiding which give me a strong technical foundation. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Stylist and manager. I've worked in two fast paced salons for about three years: Fringe Benefits and M Salon 1. 

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

Tabatha Coffey—she is awesome! 

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

The Future Professionals. I love their excitement about their journey! 

To me, living beautifully means…

Loving what you do, and loving who you do it with! And loving yourself enough to enjoy every moment of your journey!

Marlaina Lake

Learning Leader/Texture Specialist

Experience in education…

I have been teaching for the last three years at Paul Mitchell The School Tampa. My past experience with several professional products lines (e.g., American Crew, Avalon, and Bain de Terre) provide me with a great resource to educate Future Professionals. I am also a certified makeup artist with Ultimate Face Cosmetics and certified in airbrush makeup with Kett Makeup/Muse Beauty. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have 18 years' experience behind the chair as a professional stylist which includes working in J Douglas Salon, Douglas Hair Design, and Stylique Salon.   

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

Tanya Ozgopoyan is my accountability mentor, and Debra Dietrich is my professional and business mentor.

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

The light bulb moments that the Future Professionals have. They inspire me to enjoy the magic of our industry.

To me, living beautifully means…

To be your authentic self with constant growth in all areas of life.

Julie Flores

Night School Learning Leader/Makeup Specialist, Paul Mitchell The School Tampa graduate

Experience in education…

I have been a licensed cosmetologist since 2009. I have been at Paul Mitchell The School Tampa for about three years, working my way from a service desk team member to a Learning Leader and specialist. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I grew up in a salon environment with my mom who has been in the hair industry for over 20 years. I have worked at both locations of Tribeca Color Salon and have experience in the nail industry. I am also a certified Ultimate Face makeup artist. 

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

Stephanie Kocielski. I love that she teaches that hard work from the beginning pays off and you must practice until you can't get it wrong. 

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

The energy and the culture. We as a company and school believe that one size fits all, meaning everyone from all walks of life become part of our family. We are always giving back to our surrounding communities and showing that we are more than just hairdressers. 

To me, living beautifully means…

To be accepting and loving toward everyone, always giving back to the world, and approaching every new day with a smile.

Crystal A. Walker

Learning Leader/Theory Specialist/Final Phase Specialist

Experience in education…

I have been a cosmetology educator for eight years. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been licensed and working in my own salon for 11 years. Previously, I have worked at the JC Penny's Salon in the Tyrone Square Mall and Silver Lining Beauty Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida. I currently work at Crystalistic Hair Design in Gulfport, Florida, where I am the owner and stylist. 

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

Michael Della Penna. 

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

That I get to share the things that have been inspirational as well as motivational to me to fuel and empower the Future Professionals. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being healthy emotionally and physically, so that you can share yourself with the world. I believe that everyone has a gift and a purpose that the world needs.

Andrea Davis

Learning Leader/Cutting Specialist, Paul Mitchell The School Tampa graduate

Experience in education…

I have been with Paul Mitchell The School Tampa four and a half years. I currently work at Images Salon, where creating magic is my number one task with all my clients. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

In addition to working in the salon, I have assisted with fashion shows, photo shoots, and weddings. 

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

My father. Although he is not a hairstylist, he is the person who pushes me the most, who always keeps it real with me, and has a positive word to keep me going. He has owned a successful business for over 30 years and fulfilled majority of his goals, which are steps I strive to follow. 

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

The continuing education that I receive, and the ability to give back to the Future Professionals what I received as a past Future Professional/professional. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Following your dreams, taking time to learn life lessons to help you grow; living every day to the fullest and appreciating the gifts God has placed within you and before you. LOVING WITH NO REGRETS! 

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