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

Kate Ali

Education Leader

Experience in Education... 

3 years experience in Education.

Experience in the Beauty Industry...

5 years experience in Beauty Industry. I'm a home grown!!

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

The person who has inspired me the most as an educator and mentor to our Future Professionals is our fearless leader, the incredible Donna Waite!

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Temecula is...

Being able to grow both as a woman and as an industry professional with the support of our Paul Mitchell team and family.  I love guiding our Future Professionals through their educational journey here and I love being able to do so with the talented and wonderful team of Learning Leaders, Admissions Leaders, Financial Aid Leaders, Sales & Service Desk Leaders, and Management staff that we are blessed to have under our roof.  

To me, living beautifully means...

Honoring ourselves and our loved ones by living honestly and with love in our hearts.  I am thankful every day to be able to say that I have a beautiful life both at home at work.  I appreciate the leadership of Donna and Bill Waite, who inspire our school daily to live and work beautifully.

Dawne Ray

Education Leader

Experience in Education... 

2 years at Paul Mitchell the School Temecula and 26 years in the industry working behind the chair, platform work, and salon management.

Experience in the Beauty Industry...

Over 35 years in the Beauty Industry.

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

My mentors are Vidal Sassoon, Martin Parsons, and Jeanne Braa Foster.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Temecula is...

Working with the Future Professionals, being part of their journey. It gives me great personal joy to feel like I've contributed to setting them up for success.

To me, living beautifully means...

Simply being the best person I can be every day and embracing the simple joys that life brings.

Donna Shimamura

Future Professional Advisor

Experience in education…

Donna has experience as an instructor in the following areas: Core Learning Leader, Theory Leader, Final Phase Leader, and Esthetician Leader.

Experience in the Beauty Industry…

Thirty-three years in the beauty industry, salon and school environment.

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

Mary Burlingame and Donna Waite for their passion and leadership.

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

Being surrounded by a positive and uplifting culture.

To me, living beautifully means…

Waking up healthy in a loving home and having a playground to go to everyday.

Ruben Martinez

Financial Aid Leader

Experience in the Beauty Industry…

I've been with Paul Mitchell since 2007. I feel like I should have my license by now :)

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

I don't have one mentor. I have many. A lot of people inspire me. I try to imitate their great qualities. I have met people who are very patient. Others who are extremely loving. Some who are very organized, etc. I look up to their gift and hope that I can imitate those qualities at least partially because it's not easy!

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

The exciting and forward-focused environment. I love to see the people around me with a positive attitude, smiling and working hard to help others. Our school teaches more than just technical and practical skills—we teach life skills.

To me, living beautifully means…

Something that comes from the inside of a person and how they externalize it. In other words, it has to do with a person's loving spirit, goodwill, and happiness, and spreading it out to others. Someone who lives like this attracts others and motivates them to feel the same.

Ryan Low

Admissions Leader, Paul Mitchell The School Temecula graduate

Experience in education…

Paul Mitchell the School Temecula home grown.

Experience in the Beauty Industry…

Paul Mitchell Future Professional, Salon Coordinator, Service desk leader, Design Team Leader, Admissions Leader.

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

My parents taught me from a very young age to hone in on qualities I admire from others and learn from them.

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

Our positive and uplifting environment. We have fun, learn to explore our passion, and maintain professionalism all at once. The environment truly is one of a kind. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being thankful for all people and circumstances that cross your path.

Sandra Lerma

Admissions

Experience in Education...

Paul Mitchell Temecula graduate. I was a Learning leader, makeup specialist, future professional advisor, and now proud admissions member.

Experience in the Beauty Industry...

I am certified in makeup, airbrushing, extensions, and Cadiveau Keratin. I have been in the bridal industry since 2008.

Are you a Paul Mitchell School graduate...

Heck ya!

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

I have 3 mentors: Jan Ryan (Advanced academy makeup): She taught me to never give up. Leanne Hagen: She taught me to always think outside the box and to truly become a trusted advisor. Donna Waite: The strongest woman I know. She is a true professional and the definition to what a true leader is.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the School Temecula is…

The prospects and future professionals. Their passion for the industry is so inspiring!

To me, living beautifully means…

Living beautiful means living true to yourself. If you are unhappy but you find the strength to find what does and you get there, that is living beautifully.

Alyssa Gilpin

Admissions Leader

Experience in the education...

MAC IMPACT team memeber-I traveled to different MAC locations and supported special events, taught classed, and acted as key artist.

Experience in the Beauty Industry...

MAC Cosmetics team member for 8 years, Freelance Artist-contracted for bridal, print, and editorial work.

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

My Grammie, she exemplify's unconditonal love to all, has always pushed me and supported me in my dreams. She is our family rock, my best friend, and has sure got some witt for an old lady.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the School Temecula is...

THE TEAM! Starting at a new company after 8 years was scary for me, and everyone has been nothing but helpful and welcoming! IM SO EXCITED TO BE HERE!

To me living beautifully means...

Snuggling up with my husband and daughter to watch a movie with chocolate in hand. 

Brittany Wilson

Core Specialist

Experience in Education...

I have 3 years total experience teaching at PMTST as Core Specialist, Theory Specialist and Clinic Floor Specialist. Published in 4 hair and beauty publications totaling 16 published models, 5 years behind the chair, 2 years as a personal stylist, and I am a certified Curly Hair Specialist. 

Experience in the Beauty Industry...

Yes, I am a proud Paul Mitchell Graduate.

My Mentor/Inspiration is...

My mentor is the beautiful Ms. Donna Waite. Her drive, ambition and knowledge of the business world inspires me to raise my bar of achievement and strive for a higher level of success.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the School is...

My favorite part about being a Learning Leader at PMTST is being able to educate, inspire and change the lives of Future Professionals on a daily basis.

To me living beautifully means...

To me, living beautifully means to put the needs of others before your own. It takes a special kind of person to serve others, and that is what the beauty industry is all about. Not just to make some one feel better about how they look, but to help them see themselves for the beautiful person that they really are. 

Emilia Guerra

Sales and Operations Leader

Experience in the education...

7 years of experience in the sales are applied to service classes.

Experience in the Beauty Industry...

Worked at Paul Mitchell The School Temecula for over 2 years.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the School Temecula is...

The culture.

To me, Living beautifully means...

Feeling beautiful inside and out daily. 

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