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

Courtney Worden

Service Desk Coordinator

Experience in education and the beauty industry…
3 years in education

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…
My son Jude! Knowing I have someone small watching me at all times encourages me to never stop & to continue to do better things in life. 
My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Toledo is…
One size fits all culture and the fact that we give back to our community.
To me, living beautifully means…
Live your life carefree. Never hold back and always take chances! 

Ashley Merillat

Core Specialist

Experience in Education...
I started my Paul Mitchell journey in April of 2014. I'm the Core Specialist but have taught the Managers Program as well as Final Phase. I also lead the Be Nice Or Else team.

Experience in the Beauty Industry...
I've been in the industry since 2008. I graduated from The Salon Professional Academy.  I've worked at Dillards Hair Salon, The Hair Depot, and am currently at Lotus Beauty Loft.
My Mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is...
My family and friends have been the most influential through out my life. They have all played a part in who I am today. I will be forever grateful to all of them.
My favorite thing about work in a Paul Mitchell School is...
I love our culture. A one size fits all, be nice atmosphere. Being able to share my passion and have an impact with the future of style is so fulfilling.  
To me, living beautifully means...
To be happy with where you are in your life's journey.  You never know what tomorrow brings. Life is too short to not be happy. I start off each day by thanking God for where I'm at and listing a few things I'm grateful for.

Alison Sobecki

Clinic Classroom Learning Leader / Theory Specialist

Experience in education…
One year.

Experience in the beauty industry…
4 years
My mentor...
I am inspired by everyone!
My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Toledo is…
Being around beautiful people who are excited to learn!
To me, living beautifully means…
Being true to yourself and doing what you love.

Rebecca Gwin

Clinic Classroom Learning Leader / Color Specialist

Experience in education…
3 years with Paul the School Toledo

Experience in the beauty industry…
Licensed for 5 years & worked behind the chair for Regis Corp
My mentor...
My mentors and two people that have inspired me the most within the Industry is my Cos Teacher Deb Martin and Marchelle Wendler. Mrs. Martin inspired me to become an eduactor, I wanted inspire and impact others as she did for me. Marchelle allowed me to find my love for education, has inspired me to be the Color Specialist by taking me under her wing at a very young age and teaching me a lot of what I know/teach now.
My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Toledo is…
I love seeing the connections that the Future Professionals make, that light bulb effect. I also love when they do something so amazing on their own and are so excited to share with you what they have achieved. All around education is so fulling that I could go on and on. 
To me, living beautifully means…
Loving everyone for who they are and not casting judgement. 

Amanda Agraviador

Clinic Classroom Learning Leader

Experience in education...
I'm a Paul Mitchell graduate and during my time in school I was on the Take Home Team, Be Nice! or Else and Phase II

Experience in the beauty industry…
I have long been fascinated by beauty, fashion and makeup. It was a natural move to become a stylist since graduating from Paul Mitchell several years ago I stayed up to date by working in the salon and continuing to be up on the latest trends.
My mentor...
My mentor is my dad he taught me to be confident, kind, to think positive, problem solve and always have a back up plan.
My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Toledo is…
My favorite thing about working at a Paul Mitchell School is being a part of the culture and working with a team that works well together.
To me, living beautifully means…
We have an opportunity to help people feel more confident be happier and feel empowered to be the best they can be living beautifully is spreading Beauty.

Danielle Jensen

Clinic Classroom Learning Leader

Experience in education…
Paul Mitchell Homegrown! 

Experience in the beauty industry…
Stylist at The French Twist Salon & Spa
My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…
Kristi Kay! I was a Phase II Future Professional at Paul Mitchell the School Toledo and wouldn't be where I am today without Kristi pushing me along the way during my journey! She has such a drive and creativity that really helped me see my talent. 
My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Toledo is…
The future professionals, they always make me smile when I come to work, my co-workers, who support everything any of us do, and the culture where we are one big family! 
To me, living beautifully means…
Doing whatever makes you happy, no matter how much money you make, as long as you wake up excited and passionate about what you do everyday! 

Kira Beroske

Service Desk Coordinator

Experience in Education...
I attended Paul Mitchell The School of Toledo and received my Advanced Cosmetology License 

Experience in the Beauty Industry...
I currently work receptionist at Paul Mitchell the School of Toledo Since July 2016
Also currently Work at Paul Mitchell Focus Salon called The Color Gallery Hair and Nail Design in Delta Ohio 
My Mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is...
My Grandma, she was always supportive to me at whatever I did and tried helping me with it to be the best that I could be. She pushed me to strive for the best .
My favorite thing about work in a Paul Mitchell School is...
The Culture. Giving Back and it is very Family orientated  
To me, living Beautifully means...
to express the way you truly are as a person and not living a single day with regrets and just living your life to the fullest . 

Heather Zarour

Education Leader / Cutting Specialist

Experience in education & beauty industry…
I took Cosmetology at Clay High School my Junior and Senior year, my senior year I interned at Paul Mitchell Focus Salon which I was hired at as soon as I obtained my Cosmetology License. I have been a licensed Cosmetologist for 6 years and have worked at three different salons since I have graduated.  After deciding to pursue teaching I applied at Paul Mitchell the School Toledo and have been working here for almost three years.

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…
Our Director Brittany.  She challenges me to be better in every aspect of my career, including being a better leader to the Education Team. Throughout my career at the school I have been inspired and consistently motivated by Brittany, her passion and drive are very contagious and make you want to do the best you possibly can. 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Toledo is...
Culture and systems.  I LOVE our Culture and how we strive to act on it every day.  It is a very open and loving atmosphere that makes not only working here amazing but attending as a Future Professional amazing as well.  I love our systems because it provides a strong foundation and creates technically skilled Professionals that leave our doors. 


To me, living beautifully means…
Always remember the greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and to be loved in return.  That is my favorite quote from the movie Moulin Rouge. 

Rachel Benson

Clinic Classroom Learning Leader / Night Core Specialist

Experience in education…
1 year

Experience in the beauty industry…
11 years 

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

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Toledo is…
Seeing my Future Professionals face light up when something clicks 

To me, living beautifully means…
Leaving the world a better place than how I found it for  future generations. 

Brittany Darling

Director

Experience in education…

I received my Associate Degree in business management from Owens Community College in 2010. In 2012, I graduated from Tennessee Technological University with Bachelors' Degrees in psychology, exercise science, and physical wellness. I graduated from Paul Mitchell The School Cincinnati in 2013. 

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Over three years.

 

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

I have many mentors; however, my biggest inspiration and mentor is my grandmother. She has pushed me and motivated me all through my college career, basketball career, and my journey with Paul Mitchell.

 

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

The energy you get when you walk through the doors every day. It truly is a blessing to be a part of this amazing company!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To live life to the fullest, learn from the best, and motivate people to be the best they can be. 

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