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Dynelle Rodriguez

Academy Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

Everything came together for me when I attended Phoenix Fashion Week in 2008. Working backstage, I experienced the energy, passion and collaboration between hairdressers, makeup artists, designers and models. That fusion was so inspiring and made me want to spend every day creating moments just like that!

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I went to Wright State University and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in business and marketing.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Have no ego, and always give 100%. You have to come to work prepared to give your clients and coworkers your absolute best. Give every person an outstanding experience, as you have the opportunity to impact their day in a positive way. 

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Live what you love, and share that passion with your clients, friends, and people you meet. Always have a business card with you, and welcome conversation about the industry. This type of networking will take you far, especially if you have a positive attitude in everything you do. 

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

That it doesn't feel like work! Each day brings new clients, students, and opportunities to work with amazing industry professionals! I love getting to work on exciting events like Advanced Education Seminars, Counselor Nights and Phoenix Fashion Week

Monique Terrazas

Financial Aid Coordinator

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

The day I interviewed with TONI&GUY, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. Everything about the environment, the people, and the energy called out to me.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I am currently working on my A.S. in Accounting.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

My specialty is in financial aid, but I consider my role here to be about more than just numbers and policies. Going to school can be intimidating, especially when it comes to the financial part. My job is to educate anyone who steps into my office and make sure they feel confident about what to expect and that they are just as excited about spending their days here as I am.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Don't be afraid to ask for help! Being able to approach others for help and being open-minded with any suggestions given, will help you grow in ways you might not have thought possible.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Be passionate! There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you are driven. It also helps to surround yourself with others who want to see you succeed.

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

The entire Academy Team and student body embrace the Spotlight Culture, making sure that everyone who walks through our doors has a great experience.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school director?

The first time I received a service from a student was a moment I will never forget. We had a great conversation, and I was educated about what was being done to my hair every step of the way. There was an overwhelming sense of pride that I felt sitting in that chair, being handled in such a professional manner, and knowing that the student would have a successful career.

Sarah Eugene

Education Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I knew I would be a hairdresser when in 8th grade I started to try different styles with my own hair and practiced with my sister's hair too. Around that same time, I had gotten a chemical service and the stylist burned my scalp and hair. I vowed never to do that to someone!

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I attended San Diego City College and graduated in 2004.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

Haircutting, natural curly hair, updos, and session work.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Never stop learning and growing.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

The same advice I was given: never stop learning and growing.

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

Seeing the lightbulb turn on in the students' eyes when they understand what I'm talking about.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school director?

Bringing some students backstage to assist for Phoenix Fashion Week and showing them how it's all done.

Lorena Lucero

Cosmetology Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

In high school, I started to develop a passion for beauty. I wanted to do everyone's hair. I started out doing family member's hair color; sometimes it would look wonderful and other times it would look not look so good. That is when I wanted to learn everything there is to know about color and the beauty industry.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I went to West View High School and graduated in May 2006.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

Color, for sure. I love everything about the industry but have a passion and love for color. 

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

To never stop learning and always practice, practice, practice! :)

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

After they understand and really know their techniques, I advise them to take a timer out and not only master their techniques but also mind the timing. They make more money when they have good time and master their techniques.

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

I love incorporating lots of games in my teaching styles. I feel that it totally helps the students.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

The hands-on, practical way of students new techniques to complete hair cuts, color, styles, makeup, etc.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?

Having a fun, awesome time with my close friends and learning stuff that I was so into.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

I always like to have fun with the students, so I like doing fun hair games. It's always a fun memory for all of us. :)

Vanessa Quiroz

Cosmetology Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I began my career in retail. From there, I realized that I loved the customer service I could offer. I knew instantly I wanted be someone who could offer a one-of-a-kind experience to a client that set me apart from a typical customer service-type atmosphere. I have always enjoyed using my creativity, so I decided I wanted to start my career in the beauty industry.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I went to the TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy (when it was in Phoenix, AZ). I graduated in 2004.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

Customer service is what I'm known for. I'm definitely an expert when it comes to satisfying each and every client. Communications is one I also pride myself in. Makeup artistry is my first background in the industry and my first love. Working for the top cosmetic companies in the industry I have gained tons of knowledge. It comes very natural to me to be able to offer the looks my clients want. I have also worked for TONI&GUY hair salons in Mesa/Chandler, Arizona as an Art Director 2. I also gained a great amount of experience and knowledge being in the salon. The education from the salon is the best experience I've ever received.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Be willing to learn because that's how you grow... CRAWL BEFORE YOU WALK!

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Be committed and stay consistent.

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

Giving a student my undivided attention and making sure they are confident to do a technique or satisfy their client.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

My favorite part is seeing a student graduate from our Scottsdale cosmetology school and become successful in the industry.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?

My fondest memory as a student was the first day of school and the last day of school. Getting the courage to go and be committed was not easy for me. I was already a mommy working a 30-hour-a-week job, so that additional responsibility was a tough one. But it's one of the happiest and most proud moments of my life.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

I have met so many wonderful students who I may have inspired and helped to get into the industry, but the students are the ones who inspire me and help me to grow every day.

Leti Sotelo

Cosmetology Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I always idolized the crazy style of Cyndi Lauper – always playing around with hair shapes, styles, colors, and makeup. It was only natural. Barbies weren't my thing. But, if I could have, my Cabbage Patch doll Lola would of had crazy hair, I'm sure. :)

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I attended Maricopa Beauty College in Avondale, AZ, and graduated in October of 2005.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I think in order to consider yourself an expert you have to constantly continue learning. However, I really enjoy cutting/styling, updos, nails, and creative/editorial/avant garde.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

When you don't continue learning you become stagnant and lose your passion. ALWAYS keep your passion for hair by expanding your knowledge. It will always keep you moving forward.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Same as above. Take any and all chances to learn. Make the best out of your time in school, use it wisely. Also, "Be where your hands are!"

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

Doing my best to ask everything I can to find that one thing that makes it click for a student. Everyone learns in their own unique way.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

When students say "...Oooooooohh! I get it now!" That lightbulb moment is the best feeling ever. :)

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?

For me, it was more about the person I became through school. I was always super shy and quiet. Speaking to strangers on a daily basis was not something others thought I'd be able to do. But through that type of environment and the people I met it was easy because everything was fun; it removed all that stress.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

Working with students during special events always brings something out in them for you to be proud of. They are there by choice, happy to have the experience that others either don't have a chance at or take for granted.

Christina Salinas

Receptionist

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

Coronado High School. I graduated in 2013.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I feel I am an expert in customer service. I'm always trying to do whatever I can to keep customers, as well as our cosmetology school's students and staff, happy with the service I provide.

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

My favorite part is the people. Everyone at TONI&GUY is always so accepting and always very helpful with others as well as with customers.

Nellie Fournier

Receptionist

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

Arizona State University (2 years) 

Describe the moment you knew your future was at a TONI&GUY hairdressing academy:

The moment I walked into the academy for my interview, I knew in a second that I could see myself working here! 

What is the best job-related advice you have ever been given?

Always make sure the guest/clients are happy, and always be a team player.

What do you love most about the hairdressing academy environment?

Everyone here is so accepting and always super-friendly!

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

I love all the staff and students! Everyone is so sweet!

What is your fondest memory so far?

One of my fondest memories so far at the academy has been starting my position here working the front desk. I've learned a lot and everyone has been so helpful to me!

Nikki Wozniak

Cosmetology Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

When I was younger, I was walking around Arrowhead Mall with my dad. I saw a girl wearing the coolest hair I had ever seen, it was white blonde and cut into some sort of mullet/mohawk. Later on I saw that same girl walk into the TONI&GUY salon where she worked. It was then I thought to myself, I want to be as cool as her one day.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

TONI&GUY Academy 2006

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

Colour

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Hard work pays off

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Always be persistent and consistent. Never stop growing, and never give up on your dream

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

It's rare to do something perfect the first time you try. If at first you don't succeed always try again. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to

What is your favorite part of instructing?

I love being able to give students the tools and knowledge to help them become confident and strong in what they are learning

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student

Definitely the friends that I made that are still in my life today

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

The day I got my instructors license in the mail. Education has always been my main passion. Whether I was being taught or I was educating someone else

Brittney Larson

Cosmetology Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I knew that I wanted to be a hairdresser from a very young age. I have always had a passion for beauty and art.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I attended the TONI&GUY Academy in Scottsdale Arizona and I graduated in 2004.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I consider myself an expert in client relations. 

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

"Good enough is not good enough." Tabatha Coffee

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Do every kind of hair even the stuff that scares you.

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

I am very patient with students.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

I love inspiring students.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student

The instructors that I had.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

I love watching the light bulb go on as the haircuts start to click.